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04-07-2008, 10:35 PM
While researching whether or not dueling at the state convention in Texas is still legal, I ran across this rather interesting US Code on how the president is elected.

Presidential Elections and Vacancies in Electoral College...

"Each State may, by law, provide for the filling of any vacancies which may occur in its college of electors when such college meets to give its electoral vote."

Determination of Controversy as to Appointment of Electors...

"If any State shall have provided, by laws enacted prior to the day fixed for the appointment of the electors, for its final determination of any controversy or contest concerning the appointment of all or any of the electors of such State, by judicial or other methods or procedures, and such determination shall have been made at least six days before the time fixed for the meeting of the electors, such determination made pursuant to such law so existing on said day, and made at least six days prior to said time of meeting of the electors, shall be conclusive, and shall govern in the counting of the electoral votes as provided in the Constitution, and as hereinafter regulated, so far as the ascertainment of the electors appointed by such State is concerned."

Qualifications of Electors...

Under Title III, chapter 1, section 15 of the United States Code, members of the U.S. Congress can object to the qualifications of an elector, or to the manner in which the electors of a state were selected. However, these objections are allowed only after the electors have cast their votes in the Electoral College meetings.