U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Colorado Faithless Elector Case

Should members of the Electoral College be required to cast their ballots for the Presidential candidate who won their state or be free to vote as they wish? That question will be heard by the United States Supreme Court with a ruling expected in late June.

Part of the case comes from Colorado and involves a Democrat elector in 2016. Michael Baca wanted to coast his ballot for Republican John Kaisch but was bared from doing so as state law requires electors to vote for the winner. Another elector was named who cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton.

In Washington State, three electors went rogue and were fined by the state. In the Washington case, a court ruled the state had the right to require ballots be cast for the winner. But in the Colorado case, a court said the constitution doesn't bind an elector to the wishes of a political party.

The so-called "faithless electors" issue has major implications. If the high court rules that electors are not bound to the majority vote in their state, it could change the way we elect presidents.

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