Friday, September 10, 2010

Faithless Electors

A faithless elector is a member of an electoral college who refuses to cast a vote for his or her pledged candidate. This term is used most commonly in American politics, although technically members of electoral colleges all over the world could be faithless electors, if they so desired. Faithless electors are often subject to political reprisal for their actions, in cases where they can be identified. In other areas, the ballots of the electors are secret, so it's possible to develop a list of suspects, but the identity of the faithless elector cannot be confirmed.

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