Supreme Court to decide whether 'faithless electors' have a right to differ from state popular vote
17 Jan 2020 — #Homefront
The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters have a constitutional right to cast ballots for candidates who didn't win their state's popular vote, the justices announced on Friday.
In 2016, there were 10 “faithless electors” that either switched their vote, or refused to vote at all, including four in Washington, one in Hawaii and two in Texas. Two electors, one in Maine and the other in Minnesota, were replaced after they declared they would not vote for Hillary Clinton.
“This case gives the Court the rare opportunity to decide a constitutional question related to presidential selection in a non-emergency setting,” according to Larry Lessig, an attorney for the electors in Washington.
A decision is expected from the court by the end of June, well ahead of the presidential election in November.
The Supreme Court agreed to take a rare look at rules for electing U.S. presidents, saying it will decide whether a state's appointed presidential electors can vote in the Electoral College for a candidate who didn't win the state's popular vote https://t.co/C7zKH42A0s— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 17, 2020
The Supreme Court will consider whether states may punish or replace “faithless” presidential electors who refuse to support the winner of their state’s popular vote, or whether the Constitution forbids dictating how such officials cast their ballots.https://t.co/JCgWw8JiAf— UnknownQuantity (@ReverseKarma11) January 17, 2020
Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College. It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. With the Popular Vote, you go to....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
....just the large States - the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power - & we can’t let that happen. I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019