Supreme Court Rules Electors Must Choose Party’s Nominee

In a unanimous decision the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled electors must cast their Electoral College vote for their party’s nominee, giving support to the popular vote winner movement, and handing a defeat to “rogue” electors.

The court ruled that electors are not “free-agents,” as MSNBC’s Pete Williams described, and must cast their votes as pledged. States, the court ruled, can penalize so-called “faithless-electors.” The can also remove electors who refuse, the court ruled, Politico adds.

Axios notes the “2016 presidential election saw 10 electors vote for someone other than their state’s chosen candidate — highlighting how faithless electors could have the potential to swing an election.”

Justice Elena Kagan wrote the majority.

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