I guess I’m just a sort of gregarious type of person, as my friendships are across all the aisles. But I must admit, that in order to maintain all these very wonderful and fulfilling relationships I have to tread carefully when it comes to taxes and politics. It’s not that I’m halfhearted about my beliefs, it’s that I value the friendships more than it is important to me to be right or to think I know better than my friends. Each of them has a unique quality that draws me to them…some have more than one. A sense of humor – western style – is what saves us from verbal fisticuffs – and the fact that us all being way-out-in-the-middle of nowhere (or at least on the edge of it) – makes it all the more important to be united – at least until we step behind the voting curtain. Can we agree to disagree? Probably only with the most open minded or those who don’t take themselves so seriously that their way must be only way. So, taxes – hmmm – I’d like to be able to decide how my taxes are used by the system…but then again that might be selfish. So, okay – guess I’ll have to trust the government to use them appropriately – oy. Politics – another hmmm. There is just so much about politics that we are not taught in school and what we are taught can be somewhat misleading. I went online this morning to research how the presidential outcome is decided. I knew the electoral college vote – not the popular vote – was the deciding factor. However, I had no idea how the electoral college was determined. I’ll tell you, the framers of the Constitution had to do some heavy thinking to come up with this system. According to the National Association of Secretaries of State website Summary: State Laws Regarding Presidential Electors November 2016 - for Oregon “In a year when a President and Vice President of the United States are to be nominated and elected, each political party nominating candidates for those offices shall select a number of candidates for elector of President and Vice President equal to the total number of Senators and Representatives to which the state is entitled in Congress. A candidate for elector when selected shall sign a pledge that, if elected, the candidate will vote in the electoral college for the candidates of the party for President and Vice President. The Secretary of State shall prescribe the form of the pledge. The party shall certify the names of the selected candidates for elector to the Secretary of State. The electors of President and Vice President shall convene at the State Capitol on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December following their election. If there is any vacancy in the office of an elector caused by death, refusal to act, neglect to attend or otherwise, the electors present immediately shall fill it by plurality of voice votes. When all the electors have appeared or the vacancies have been filled, the electors shall perform the duties required of them by the Constitution and laws of the United States. (Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 248.355, 248.370)”

Oregon has seven electoral college seats according to National Archives 2020 Electoral College Results webpage.

So, there you have it. That’s how this works.

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