(NewsReady.com) – During the 2016 presidential election, 10 presidential electors tried to vote for candidates other than the ones who they had pledged to support. In Washington, three of them cast ballots for Colin Powell, not Hillary Clinton, in an attempt to get GOP electors to drop Donald Trump. They were fined by the state and fought it all the way to the Supreme Court of the US.
On Monday, July 6, the justices finally handed down their decision.
The high court voted 9-0 to allow states to keep laws in place requiring electors to cast their Electoral College ballots for the candidate they’re pledged to support.
In “faithless electors” cases, unanimous #SCOTUS rules that state laws that penalize or remove presidential electors who do not vote for candidate they pledged to support do not violate the Constitution
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) July 6, 2020
Had the court gone the other way, it could ‘ve thrown the election into chaos. Electors would have been allowed to completely disregard the voice of the people and vote for whomever they wanted. These faithless electors could have flipped an election if it were close and the justices obviously recognized how detrimental to our democracy that would be.
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