Which is why the Electoral Reform Act – now before Congress – is so important.
It would require state legislatures to appoint presidential electors exactly as they’ve been appointed before. So if a state’s laws require that electors certify the person who has won the popular vote, a legislature can’t use the “failed” election loophole to appoint electors for anyone else.
Other provisions require that governors certify the correct electors by a hard deadline before Congress counts them, and allow an aggrieved candidate to trigger expedited judicial review.
Where is the Electoral Reform Act at this point?
Ten Republican senators tentatively support it but Trumpsters are pressuring them to withdraw their support.
With so little time remaining in the lame-duck session, the measure may be attached to the end-of-year spending bill.
But how many close calls like this can a system of self-government endure?
And if the media doesn’t adequately report on issues like this, how can a free people govern themselves to begin with?