Electoral College takes a hit: US Supreme Court rules states can PUNISH electors who ignore popular vote results | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Electoral College takes a hit: US Supreme Court rules states can PUNISH electors who ignore popular vote results

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that state governments have the right to penalize so-called ‘faithless electors’, members of the Electoral College who do not support the victor of their states’ popular presidential vote.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the court’s Monday ruling that states have the right to instruct their electors that they “have no ground for reversing the vote of millions of its citizens.” That direction, she said, “accords with the Constitution — as well as with the trust of a Nation that here, We the People rule.”

Over 30 states already require their Electoral College voters to cast their ballots in accordance with the voting of citizens.

One only needs to look to the 2016 presidential election to see the significance of the court’s new ruling, as 10 of 538 electors that year voted for someone other than the person who won their state’s popular vote. This sort of dissent can swing an election in a direction other than what the majority of regular voters decide.

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