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Supreme Court: States Can Sanction Rogue Electoral College Members

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(CNN)The Supreme Court said Monday that states can punish members of the Electoral College who break a pledge to vote for a state's popular vote winner in presidential elections.

The case comes as the election season is heating up, putting the Electoral College once again front and center in an increasingly polarized and volatile political atmosphere.

In 2016, 10 of the 538 presidential electors went rogue, attempting to vote for someone other than their pledged candidate. In all, 32 states and the District of Columbia have laws that are meant to discourage faithless electors. But until 2016, no state had ever actually punished or removed an elector because of his or her vote.

In unanimous ruling, court says states can sanction electors who refuse to cast their vote in the Electoral College for the presidential candidate who won in their state.

The vote count was 9-0.

"Today, we consider whether a State may also penalize an elector for breaking his pledge and voting for someone other than the presidential candidate who won his State's popular vote. We hold that a State may do so," Justice Elena Kagan wrote.

"The Constitution's text and the Nation's history both support allowing a State to enforce an elector's pledge to support his party's nominee -- and the state voters' choice -- for President," she added.

 

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https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/07/06/politics/faithless-electors-supreme-court/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

 

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/3201564001?__twitter_impression=true

 

 

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Werk
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@RAMROD This is good right? Or is it bad? :selena:

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RAMROD
7 minutes ago, Werk said:

@RAMROD This is good right? :selena:

Yes.

There are electorals who pledges to Hillary in 2016 but voted Trump instead.

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Assuming this will go beyond fines, these Electoral folks will want to think twice before going rogue again.

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12 minutes ago, RAMROD said:

Yes.

There are electorals who pledges to Hillary in 2016 but voted Trump instead.

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Assuming this will go beyond fines, these Electoral folks will want to think twice before going rogue again.

What would her count have been plus 10?

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Maleficent
Just now, NathanC said:

What would her count have been plus 10?

242 vs Trump's 296...still no contest 

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NathanC
3 minutes ago, Maleficent said:

242 vs Trump's 296...still no contest 

Poo lol hopefully our generation fix gerrymandering and get rid of the electoral college.

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JRCF29
24 minutes ago, RAMROD said:

There are electorals who pledges to Hillary in 2016 but voted Trump instead.

I don’t think that’s true. Faithless electors for both candidates voted for Kasich, Sanders, Spoted Eagle, Paul, and Powell I believe 

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The Justices are right to interpret the Constitution this way, it left things like that up to states

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