SCOTUS to Hear Faithless Electors Case

Should electors in the Electoral College be required to vote how their states did?

Most of us know that the way an American president is elected is that whichever candidate wins the popular vote in a state gets all the state’s Electoral College votes. Thus whoever gets to the magic 270 number in that Electoral College vote becomes president.


Except for Maine and Nebraska, they have a proportional system. But for our purposes, since it really doesn’t matter here and they only split their vote once each (Nebraska in 2008 and Maine in 2016), we’ll bypass that detail.

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However, it’s just not the projection of victory on election night but an actual physical vote. It takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election. The electors meet in their states and cast votes for president and veep on separate ballots. Then on the 6th of January, the official count of those votes takes place in the House and a winner is certified by the sitting Vice President.

But what if the people charged to vote by their states, the electors, don’t keep faith with the vote of their states and vote the way they want to? Hence “faithless” electors.

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Three nimrods from Washington state tried that in 2016. They voted for Colin Powell instead of Hillary Clinton, even though Clinton won the state. They were hoping to get other electors who voted for Trump to also change their votes to someone else. Their goal? Stop Trump at any price.

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A Washington state court said horse manure and told the three they had to toe the line. A federal court in liberal Denver said nahhh, they can vote how they please. Now the Supremes have the case. They’ll hear the case in April and decide on it in June, in time for the upcoming presidential contest in November.

Like the opposition to the Brexit vote across the pond, this is the case of selfish elites trying to substitute their leftist will for the decision of a free people at the ballot box.

They got their clocks cleaned in the recent British election, as the pro-Brexit Tories romped to an 80 seat majority in the House of Commons. A similar fate awaits the arrogant American Left at the hands of the high court in June and via U.S. voters in November.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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