Opinion: Ahead of 2020 Elections, Supreme Court Will See “Faithless Elector” Case
The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a case regarding whether presidential electors have to cast their vote in line with their states’ popular vote.
The case will take place in April, with a decision by late June.
At the moment, about 30 states require electors to vote for the states’ popular vote winner. Back in 2016, three Hillary Clinton electors in Washington and Colorado refused to vote for her, despite her victory with the popular vote.
An appeals court in Denver ruled that electors can vote as they please. However, in Washington, it was decided that a $1,000 fine would be upheld against the three electors. Many say this is an attack on the electoral college. In 2016, Trump far surpassed the expectations mainstream media pundits reported for him:
“No path to 270” became the favorite talking point, discussing and trying to legitimize the notion that it was simply impossible for Trump to get 270 electoral college votes needed to win. Trump actually came out with his victory at 306 electoral college votes; but sure, no path to 270.
Baca alleged that his removal violated the Constitution. He sued, claiming “electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for president” – pointing out that it stated nowhere they all had to agree in unison. In the 10th Circuit Court, Baca won by a 2-1 ruling but lost before a federal judge.
It’s been revealed that the Government Accountability Institute concluded with “high confidence” that 45,000 illegal votes were placed in 2016. Not enough for Trump to win the popular vote, but still a worryingly high number of instances of fraud for the most important election we hold.
If electors were locked in place and forced to go by the popular vote winner, all the Democrats would need to do is cheat the elections with bad ballots. However, with the college in place, they cannot cheat and force the outcome they want.
The Supreme Court’s ruling, around June, will come just months before the election takes place. The ruling will be pivotal for choosing the next President of the United States. With the latest strategy in the Democrats arsenal being impeachment, it’s no wonder they believe they’ll have to rig another election to secure a victory – we all remember how well Kavanaugh went for them.