Politics | The Supreme Court rules states can force electors to follow the voters’ choice
by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/06/20, 12:41 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that presidential electors may not act as free agents and must vote for the candidate a state’s voters choose. The unanimous decision means states with laws forbidding so-called “faithless electors” are constitutionally allowed to remove or fine delegates who go rogue.
The two cases stem from 2016, when four “faithless electors” from Colorado and Washington sued their states. They argued that individual electors have agency and discretion in how they vote and that states only have the authority to decide how to choose delegates.