Do you think we will see more or less faithless electors than in 2016?
2016 had 9 and there were a few more electors that attempted to do the same but were swapped out. Will 2020 have more or less than 2016?
- Jeff DLv 72 months ago
Probably less. In 2016, there where 7 faithless electors (5 pledged to Clinton/Kaine, 2 to Trump/Pence). There were an additional 3 electors (all pledged to Clinton/Kaine) that tried to be faithless but were either replaced or relented just prior to being replaced.
- Tmess2Lv 72 months ago
Probably fewer. In 2016, many state Republican leaders were not sold on Donald Trump and put regular Republicans on their proposed slates of electors. Even with that, you only had two Republican electors who defected. This time, Trump has been in charge of the selection process from the beginning.
On the Democratic side, in 2016, three of the five faithless electors voted for a Republican in the hopes that enough Republicans would join them to allow Congress to pick a qualified Republican over Trump. With Biden winning, I would expect you would return to the normal pattern of between zero and two faithless electors.