- Donald Trump won the electoral votes for President of the United States;
- Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by >2.5 million;
- The CIA has concluded that the government of Russia, using cyber attacks, influenced the US election in favor of Donald Trump.
Here is the sequence of events that will take place going forward in this election:
- December 19, 2016: the Electoral College in each state will meet to officially cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States;
- December 28, 2016: the votes from each state must be received no later than this date by the President of the Senate (the Vice President)
- January 6, 2017: Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes (Congress may pass a law to change this date); the President of the Senate (the Vice President) presides over the vote count, and announces the winner, if any, of the contest for President and Vice President;
- January 20, 2017: the President-elect takes the Oath of Office and becomes President of the United States.
So how do we move forward in this electoral crisis? Do we ignore the facts listed above and blindly follow the prescribed process? Do the facts listed above call the results of this election into question? Does the Constitution provide any direction for this kind of election? Can the election be contested to the point where another election is called for?
These are important questions. We need, no, we deserve clear answers from our leaders. In my humble opinion, President Obama needs to speak to the nation ASAP and answer these questions, no matter how serious the consequences. Our democracy is at risk.