It has come to our attention that this idea was not Senator Nuxoll's; rather, the original source is a World Net Daily article entitled How Obama Can be Stopped in Electoral College, published on 11/19.
Furthermore, the original article was found to be in error by the article's author, Judson Phillips (the founder of Tea Party Nation). The 2/3rds quorum is actually required in the House of Representatives, and not the Electoral College.
We were surprised by this. Because of Mrs. Nuxoll's role as a State Senator, and because she wrote that the procedure is "totally constitutional," we believed that she had adequate knowledge of the U. S. Constitution.
Although this was posted as a news item, we are, at our core, a fact-checking site, and we did not engage in sufficient fact checking. We regret the error and extend our apologies to Senator Nuxoll.
Today she tweeted:
Electoral college. I floated an idea out there on November 19 about the electoral college.Our (more.. chumly.com/n/187dfa4 )— Sheryl Nuxoll (@SherylNuxollID) November 28, 2012
The original item follows.
Idaho Republican Senator Sheryl Nuxoll has tweeted a link to an article in which she outlines a way for Congress to keep Obama out of the White House and bring in Mitt Romney as our new president. And the good news is that it's "totally constitutional," per Senator Nuxoll:
"Mitt Romney carried 24 states. We need to have conservative activists from all over the nation contact the electors, the Republican Party and the secretary of state in all of these states and tell them not to participate in the Electoral College when it meets on Dec. 17. If we can get 17 of those states (just over one-third) to refuse to participate, the Electoral College will have no quorum. Then, as the Constitution directs, the election goes to the House of Representatives."