Faithless Electors

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Faithless Electors

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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that three presidential electors from Colorado were unconstitutionally forced to cast their Electoral College votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The 2-1 opinion from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for so-called “faithless electors,” those who cast an Electoral College vote for a presidential candidate that is not the candidate chosen by a majority of voters in their state.


For fans and haters of "popular vote", how could this ruling influence our "democratic" election" for President ?
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subgenius wrote:For fans and haters of "popular vote", how could this ruling influence our "democratic" election" for President?

For fans of a popular vote, it helps demonstrate the pitfalls of an Electoral College.
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moksha wrote:
subgenius wrote:For fans and haters of "popular vote", how could this ruling influence our "democratic" election" for President?

For fans of a popular vote, it helps demonstrate the pitfalls of an Electoral College.

pitfalls of federal court maybe, but EC?
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The court’s ruling seems correct. Faithless electors are unlikely to act as intended, a better informed electorate with high-minded interests acting as a check against popular support of a harmful demagogue, and more likely to just be idiots usurping democratic will. But thems the current rules.

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Their decision is a win for the original intent of the Constitution.
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