Should presidential electors be permitted to vote for whomever they please?

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    There are 538 electors. These electors cast votes in the electoral college after a presidential election and those votes elect the president. The Supreme Court will soon hear a case concerning “faithless electors”. These are electors who do not vote for the person they were assigned to vote for. Some states have laws requiring electors to vote for the candidate they were appointed to represent. However, a district court has held that an elector can vote for whomever they please.

    My view is that if 538 electors can choose to vote for whomever they choose then what was the value of the 150 million votes that were cast. Some will say well the popular vote does not elect the president. True, but the populate vote determines who wins the state and thus the electors.

    Faithless electors have always been part of US history, however, they have been footnotes in history.

    Now there are movements to change their votes after the election.

    ‘We may one day have a situation where someone wins the electoral vote in the election but loses in the electoral college.

    Anything is possible.

    Supreme Court will rule on whether electoral college voters have to support the popular vote winner | Daily Mail Online
     
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    yes
     
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    There should never be faithless electoral votes. They are part of the electoral college because they have pledged to vote as the people have voted. They are an arm of the people.
     
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    Liberals are up for any trick that turns defeat into victory for them
     
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    No.
     
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    IMHO it should automatic, no human electors at all. Whoever wins the popular vote in a state automatically gets the electoral college votes apportioned to that state. A couple of states apportion the electoral college votes according to the vote count, whatever. And I don't think it should be allowed to give a state's electoral college votes to the popular winner nation-wide, but that's another discussion.

    The voters in each state decide who they wanted to be their president. No one else should have the power to override that.
     
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    Hell no

    We should not even have Presidential Electors
    They serve no purpose
     
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    No....that would be chaos......
     
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    They can try but if they do that the supreme Court will simply correct their votes to reflect the popular vote of the state. They cannot vote against their own state.... I'm sure this time around some of them will try.

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    Electors are just ceremonial and add nothing to the process
    Just political patronage

    Get rid of them
     
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