SCOTUS Rules States Can Penalize Faithless Electors


In the 2016 election, ten members of the Electoral College either voted for or attempted to vote for a different candidate than who they were pledged.

These “faithless electors” are rare, with the most recent before 2016 being in the 2004 election when there was a single faithless elector. There was a single faithless elector in 2000, and you have to go all the way back to 1988 to find another case where an elector defected.

A number of states have rules on the books penalizing faithless electors. Some (like North Carolina) carry a fine, but most states penalizing faithless electors simply cancel their vote. And according to the latest SCOTUS ruling, those penalties are constitutional. MORE

7 Comments on SCOTUS Rules States Can Penalize Faithless Electors

  1. More importantly what does this mean for the commie states who have attempted to create a national putsch to unconstitutionally bypass the electoral college and force them to support the “popular” vote.

  2. Guess everyone is afraid of electors being bought off or blackmailed into voting against the wishes of the voters in their state. No doubt many on the court empathize with that situation.

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