So, after the Colorado EC ruling, do you still believe your vote for POTUS matters?
A federal court just ruled that an Elector can vote for anyone they chose, regardless of how the people who elected them, want.
- Anonymous6 months agoFavorite Answer
Whoaaaa!! You better believe Fat Donnie has got something in mind after that one!
- Tmess2Lv 76 months ago
Yes. It's like voting for anything. You elect somebody, but you do not control what they do afterward, However, you vote expecting normal behavior by the person that you elected.
For example, when you vote for a state representative or member of congress, you have certain basic expectations: 1) that they will stay a member of their current party; 2) that they will join that party's caucus; 3) that they will support that party's candidates for speaker of the house; 4) that, with some limited exceptions, they will generally support the party's legislative agenda. Sometimes that ends up being wrong and the person changes party, but usually it doesn't.
Similarly, electors have always had the power to vote for whomever they wished. However, the nomination process used by the parties assures that their slate of electors are people who have proven their loyalty to the party in the past. The expectation is that the electors will vote for the party's candidates for president and vice-president. Historically, that expectation has proven accurate.
Over the one hundred fifty year history of the modern system of every state using the popular vote to select electors, there has never been enough defections from the "winning" candidate to send an election into the House of Representatives (and you have to go back to 1836 to find a faithless elector sending the Vice-Presidential race to the Senate). You have to go back to 1972 to find an elector who cast a vote for a nominee of another party, but in all such cases the defection was to a third party candidate.
In the past twelve elections, we have had a grand total of 13 faithless electors, meaning that 99.75% of electors voted as they pledged to vote. So, in practice, my vote and the vote of my state matters at least if the race is close in my state and nationally. On the other hand, if you are a voter in Wyoming or Delaware, your vote probably does not matter in choosing who wins the state and your electors are unlikely to make a difference in who wins.
- Jeff DLv 76 months ago
The ruling will undoubtedly be appealed. In any case, the electors are still chosen by the political parties, so faithless electors are never going to be very common.
If it stands, it would also spell trouble for the National Popular Vote compact (which likewise would force electors to vote a particular candidate).
- Weasel McWeaselLv 76 months ago
wow.............someone finally actually read the Constitution! Congrats.
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- KennyLv 76 months ago
That's the way it has always been .