Electoral College Not Bound to Pledged Votes, Says Federal Appeals Court
|Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org | MORE HEADLINES|
Source: Goethe Behr, "Electoral College May Become Obsolete," uspresidentialelectionnews.com, Feb 28, 2019
Members of the Electoral College may vote for any candidate in presidential elections, regardless of the state's popular vote winner, the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled on Aug. 20, 2019.
15 states and DC (representing 195 electoral votes) have passed laws requiring that all of the state's electoral votes go to the national popular vote winner of the presidential election. These laws would go into effect if states representing 270 electoral pass similar laws, but would be difficult to enforce without federal congressional approval.
Many 2020 democratic presidential candidates would like to do away with the Electoral College entirely. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), for example, stated, "Every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College."
Republicans, however, largely do not support abolishing the Electoral College. They argue that the Electoral College protects the votes of Americans living in states with smaller populations from being drowned out by more populous, mostly liberal coastal states. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) tweeted, "The desire to abolish the Electoral College is driven by the idea Democrats want rural America to go away politically."
|Discussion Questions - Things to Think About|
|1. Should Electoral College members be allowed to vote for whomever they want? Why or why not?
2. Should the Electoral College be abolished? Why or why not?
3. Should Electoral College votes be assigned to the popular vote winner automatically? Why or why not?