Supreme Court Rules States Can Punish ‘Faithless Electors’ Voters

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The Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that states can punish or remove rogue members of their Electoral College who refuse to cast their votes for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support.

In a 9-0 ruling, the court’s opinion, arising out of a case from Washington state and in Colorado said presidential electors must act as their states require, with a fine imposed just like in Washington state, and in Colorado, the removal of an elector are both constitutional.

Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan said allowing punishment of wayward electors was consistent with the Constitution and American tradition.