Now enter 2016 – the losing candidate focuses on the electors instead of the national election results per state. Can/should the unelected electors frustrate the elected members of Congress & the election itself & get away with it? If they can that makes a mockery of the election itself & the democratic process. The electors need to be accountable to the public, nationally & transparently in PUBLIC & media.
There are currently a total of 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 Representatives, the 100 Senators, plus three electors for the District of Columbia as provided for in the Twenty-third Amendment. Each state chooses electors amounting to the combined total of its Senators and Representatives. The Constitution bars any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector. The Office of the Federal Register is charged with administering the Electoral College. In most elections, the Electoral College has elected the candidate who received the most popular votes nationwide, except in four elections, 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.
All states except Maine and Nebraska have chosen electors on a "winner-take-all" basis since the 1880s. Under the winner-take-all system, the state’s electors are awarded to the candidate with the most votes in that state.