After duking it out on the comment threads with Trumpists last week, it became clear that a great number of them believe that the Electoral College is legally required to elect Trump as President on Monday. They seem to believe that the EC is basically a "rubber stamp" for the popular vote.
Both Common Sense and the Mainstream Media point out that there must be a purpose and function to the Electoral College beyond that of a "rubber stamp". Is there a more authoritative source on the subject?
Twelfth AmendmentThe Electors shall meet in their respective states, and......The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed......
The language of the Twelfth Amendment clearly implies that it's the vote of the EC that determines the identity of the President-Elect. It's clearly the EC that makes the decision.
"The electoral system attempts to create equality between states of different population sizes and it was also designed by Hamilton and the Founding Fathers to "weed out" any candidate that might capture the public's interest enough to get elected by the process but who do not have the requisite qualities necessary for the office of Presidency of the United States, therefore not being fit to become the commander in chief of the United States. The Electors were to protect the public from such a situation by themselves casting the official votes for president. Electors were to be chosen by the public, and were to be educated people who would carefully consider everything and would vote their conscience without regard to political party or state affiliation. The election phase has the popular vote and the Electoral College. Even though the election has a popular vote, the individuals who comprise the Electoral College are the votes that actually and officially elect the new president."