Idaho State Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll (R) recently claimed that GOP candidate Mitt Romney still has a chance to win the presidential election if enough states refuse to participate in the Electoral College.
On Twitter.com, Nuxoll linked to the debunked idea, which was written by Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation.
Phillips wrote in an op-ed on the 'birther' website WND.net:
According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum or otherwise cannot vote or decide, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress.
The House of Representatives selects the president and the Senate selects the vice president. Since the Republicans hold a majority in the House, presumably they would vote for Mitt Romney, and the Democrats in the Senate would vote for Joe Biden for vice president...
Nuxoll told the Spokane Spokesman-Review: “States are going to have to stand up for our individual rights and for our collective rights” because [Obama] is “depriving us of our freedoms.”
However, there is no quorum requirement for the Electoral College. If pro-Romney electors boycotted the meeting, the others would meet without them and elect President Obama, reports ThinkProgress.org.