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Supreme Court To Hear Case On 'Faithless' Electors- Punish Electoral College members who ignore the popular vote?
Patch ^ | Jan. 17, 2020 | Megan VerHeist

Posted on 01/17/2020 7:30:21 PM PST by PerConPat

The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support presidential candidate who wins state.

After lower courts split on the question, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today it will hear a case to decide whether presidential electors are bound to support the popular vote winner in their states or can opt for someone else.

States want the ability to punish or replace these so-called "faithless" electors...

(Excerpt) Read more at patch.com ...


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KEYWORDS: judiciary; scotus; supremecourt
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Another attempt to dismantle the Republic...
1 posted on 01/17/2020 7:30:21 PM PST by PerConPat
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To: PerConPat

Democrats, when you can’t win by the rules, you change the rules. Our country is falling apart and will soon fall into chaos


2 posted on 01/17/2020 7:32:23 PM PST by realcleanguy
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To: PerConPat

Lower c ours split on the issue.

I wonder if any of those courts have new Trump appointed judges. Now that Trump has been changing the make up of courts for 3 years the rulings on the issue might be different.


3 posted on 01/17/2020 7:37:56 PM PST by airborne (I don't always scream at the TV but when I do it's hockey season!)
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To: airborne

We’re still stuck with Judas Roberts. With two children, it’s understandable he doesn’t want to end up like Scalia. Or Epstein, or Vince Foster, or the Washington Madam, or...


4 posted on 01/17/2020 7:41:43 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: realcleanguy

Yes, this subject was a surprise to me. It shouldn’t have been.


5 posted on 01/17/2020 7:45:05 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: realcleanguy

but out of that chaos the order we all know and love will arise.


6 posted on 01/17/2020 7:45:39 PM PST by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual and political hemlock)
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To: PerConPat

The thought of having to spend the rest of their life in a program similar to witness protection should be enough to discourage anyone from attempting this.


7 posted on 01/17/2020 7:47:46 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: PerConPat

Most States are controlled by Republicans and that will help during a close election in the Electoral College.


8 posted on 01/17/2020 7:53:37 PM PST by Meatspace
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To: GreyHoundSailor

LOL...Some of them actually refused to vote for Hillary in their state in an attempt to influence electors in Trump states to vote against him. The Dummycrats have gone round the bend.


9 posted on 01/17/2020 7:59:05 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: Meatspace
Absolutely... Although the article doesn't make it clear, I suspect the GOP is pushing the matter to the Supremes.
10 posted on 01/17/2020 8:02:05 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: PerConPat

Unless I’m misreading something this sounds like a good thing.
What I’m getting from this is that the state electors must vote for the candidate that wins in that state. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work?


11 posted on 01/17/2020 8:05:01 PM PST by Do_Tar
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If I remember right, in 2016 more of Hillary’s electors defected than Trump’s. The Democrats shouldn’t be promoting this kind of desertion. The last time electors deserted a candidate en masse was for a Democratic candidate, Horace Greeley, in 1872.


12 posted on 01/17/2020 8:05:53 PM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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Greeley had died, so the electors had to desert him to have their votes count.


13 posted on 01/17/2020 8:06:41 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill & Publius available at Amazon.)
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To: Do_Tar

Yes, it is a good thing. Simply because, IMO, it enforces the system the founders blessed us with- as proved in 2016. This case came about primarily due to Dummycrat electors trying to game the last presidential election.


14 posted on 01/17/2020 8:13:42 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: Publius; Berosus
Very interesting...If this behavior isn't stepped on now, I can see real trouble ahead. However, I do see the complcation presented by the Greely situation.
15 posted on 01/17/2020 8:18:37 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: PerConPat

Good, this needs to be resolved once and for all.


16 posted on 01/17/2020 8:21:32 PM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: bigbob

Ditto...


17 posted on 01/17/2020 8:22:33 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: Berosus

Just saw this on Fox News. One Elector in CO and 3 in WA voted for Trump instead of Clinton.

They were all replaced and fined by their States for not voting for Clinton.

The SCOTUS decision could impact Electors in all of the blue States that now have the “popular vote” rule.


18 posted on 01/17/2020 8:29:55 PM PST by octex
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I read on Wikipedia “Faithless elector” the WA 3 voted for Colin Powell in 2016. I believe they were trying to influence other electors in red states to do the same in an attempt to hurt Trump.


19 posted on 01/17/2020 8:52:58 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: PerConPat
After lower courts split on the question, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today it will hear a case to decide whether presidential electors are bound to support the popular vote winner in their states or can opt for someone else.

If the Supreme Court does rule that Electors must vote for the popular vote winner in their state, there goes the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact movement that tries to give their electoral votes to the overall national vote winner.

20 posted on 01/17/2020 9:25:44 PM PST by Yo-Yo ( is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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