Editorial: Electoral College lesson: The Supreme Court opens the door to states making the popular vote matter in electing presidents
The unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that states can compel electors to vote as each state wants or have their vote voided (and be fined) might seem at odds with the Constitution, inasmuch as the original intent of the Electoral College was for the “most enlightened and respectable citizens” to select the president with “discretion and discernment.”But since the whole wise men thing envisioned by Founders like Alexander Hamilton and John Jay fell apart after George Washington’s term, it makes sense to formally reduce the College to an assemblage of mindless drones pledged to...
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Supreme Court rules US states can punish 'faithless electors'
Washington (AFP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that US states have the right to remove and punish members of the Electoral College for not backing the presidential candidate whom they pledged to support.The unanimous ruling, which comes ahead of November's election between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, allows states to use measures to bind Electoral College members to their commitments, essentially preventing them from going against the will of a state's voting majority.The Electoral College, a peculiarly American institution, is comprised of 538 electors who t...