The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states can require the Electoral College to vote according to the popular vote. Justice Elena Kagan who wrote the decision, said that the Constitution gives “broad power” to the states rather than the electors and that electors “have no ground for reversing the vote of millions of [the states’] citizens.” The case involved “faithless electors” from Colorado and Washington who said that their state’s requirements for them to vote in line with the people was “unconstitutional.” Justices on both sides were in agreement on the decision, though the reasoning of two justices differed from the others.
BREAKING: #SCOTUS rules unanimously that states can punish faithless electors who decide to show up for the Electoral College vote and cast their ballots against the way their states voted.— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 6, 2020
The Right supports the Electoral College, believing that our founders knew the dangers of the “potential for a majority” to become tyrannical. Additionally, the Right agrees with the Left on the decision, noting that just a few faithless electors could have potentially swayed the upcoming presidential elections.
“There is one thing both Democrats and Republicans share in common – the oath we swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and to protect and defend our Republic. To abolish or alter the Electoral College would fundamentally transform and undermine the federalism upon which our Republic was founded.”Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fl.)
The Left, though not in favor of the Electoral College as a whole, is in favor of the decision.
“The Electoral College system is wildly outdated. It needs repairs. But when you have an old Constitution like ours, sometimes the best thing isn’t to buy a new one but to bring the old one into the shop and have expert mechanics do their best to help it run safely.”Noah Feldman, Bloomberg columnist and podcast host
The Left believes the “Electoral College is a racist, anti-democratic abomination,” and that although the court’s decision doesn’t change the system, it is a step in the right direction towards “majoritarian democracy.” The Electoral system has been called “so wacky and unstable” that is should be abolished entirely. Those in favor of the new ruling cited the possibility that electors could have been bribed into voting for a particular candidate.