Supreme Court decides states can punish, remove or fine faithless electors

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

The United States Supreme Court decided on Monday of this week that the citizens of states’ vote should be honored for presidential elections and that so-called “faithless” electors can now be punished by states, Fox News is reporting.  This comes after in 2016, three electors from the state of Washington pledged to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but did not.

“Faithless” electors are appointed presidential electors who do not cast their electoral college vote the same as the state’s popular vote in a presidential election.

States can enforce pledges by presidential electors to vote for the presidential candidate preffered by the citizens of their state, or punish the electors who break the pledge.

While Americans go to the polls to vote for a president, but in reality what they are doing is voting for a slate of electors who have pledged to vote as members of the Electoral College for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state.

In summary, states can now punish, remove or fine a faithless elector.

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