Black Republican freshman at Bama named to Electoral College

A freshman at the University of Alabama has been named as a member of the Electoral College.

C.J. Pearson, 18, president of the Free Thinker Project, was nominated by the Republican party to serve as an elector for Georgia.

Pearson, from Evans High School in Evans, Ga., moved to Tuscaloosa this year to attend the University of Alabama and made news when he criticized the city’s shutdown of bars and expressed interest in running for mayor of Tuscaloosa against Walt Maddox.

“I am excited to announce that I have been nominated by the Republican Party to serve as a member of the Electoral College, representing the state of Georgia,” Pearson wrote on his Twitter account, which has about 381,400 followers. “This is an incredible honor and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.”

The political parties in each state nominate their electors for the Electoral College, typically choosing loyal party members they can trust to cast their votes for the party’s nominee.

The Electoral College has 538 members, one for each member of Congress, and three for the District of Columbia.

Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to the combined total of its congressional delegation, and each state legislature determines how it selects its electors.

Winning the presidency requires 270 electoral votes, regardless of the popular vote.

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