By Jon Hall
On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case regarding whether faithless 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 faithless electors can vote as they please. However, in Washington, it was decided that a $1,000 fine would be upheld against the three electors. Unsurprisingly, 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.
In 2016, Micheal Baca was a faithless elector in Colorado who voted for then-Gov. John Kasich of Ohio despite Hillary Clinton’s amassing of the majority of votes. Baca still was able to put his choice in, even for a Republican. That was, however, until they removed him and replaced him with another elector that gave their vote to Clinton.
Baca alleged this 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. If the anti-Trump GAO has 45,000 as the number of illegal votes, rest assured that the real number is all but certainly many multiples larger.
If faithless electors were locked in place and forced to go by the popular vote winner of their respective states, 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. This ruling could 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…