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Only true election and poly sci fanboys will enjoy this post


Syllabification: (fan·boy)
Pronunciation: /ˈfanˌboi/

An extreme fan or follower of a particular medium or concept, whether it be sports, television, film directors, video games, etc.

Yes. That’s me. I follow politics. I’m an extreme fan of elections and love talking strategy, candidates, and poll numbers – and just about anything else that connects somehow with the process. I’m an election fanboy.

So I’m probably one of a very small group of election geeks who cares much about yesterday’s presidential election.

No. Not that election – the one that happened back in November – I’m talking about the real election. The one where each state’s Electors show up in their state capital and actually vote for the next president and vice-president of the United States. You know. The Electoral College election.

The Electors from the 50 states met in their state and voted for President and Vice President on separate ballots. The electors recorded their votes on a Certificate of Vote, which is paired with a Certificate of Ascertainment.

These two certificates make up the actual set of electoral votes. There are officially six sets total with the first set going directly to the President of the Senate (the Vice President) for the official count of the electoral votes on January 6, 2013.

I’d like to tell you who won but all of the votes aren’t in yet.

As of Tuesday, December 18, most states had sent in their Certificate of Ascertainment but the Certificates of Vote have not yet been posted. (The shocker? Florida does have its Certificate of Ascertainment in on time.) So . . . not sure how the vote has turned out. Check back often.

Whatever happens, January 6 makes it official. (My money’s on President Obama to pull the repeat.)

Electoral College trivia:
Twenty-four states allow electors to vote for whoever they want. In Kansas for example, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan won the popular vote on November 6. The Republican Party’s six Electors went to Topeka yesterday to cast their votes for president. Kansas is one of the 24 states in which Electors are not bound by state law to cast their vote for a specific candidate and so these six can vote for whoever they want. It probably won’t happen but it does make for a great conspiracy theory movie script.

Want the Cliff Notes version? This handy YouTube video provides a quick overview:

Need more fanboy material?

The National Archives has some great resources.

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