One Big Thing: Do you agree with today’s Supreme Court decision regarding the electoral college?
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What is it?
- On Monday, July 6, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold states’ laws which prohibit their representatives at the electoral college from voting against their constituents’ wishes. This is known as the “Faithless Elector” and there was growing concern ahead of November’s general election.
- At the center of the debate is the issue of the electoral college results versus the popular vote results in a presidential election.
Why is it important?
- Historically, the electoral college has been a defining feature of the American democratic process and often insignificant.
- However, in the past five elections, two elections (2000 & 2016) resulted when the loser won the popular vote, while the winner won the electoral college. This was particular salient when President Donald Trump won the electoral college in 2016 and Hilary Clinton won the popular vote. This sparked a debate over the electoral college’s current effectiveness as some voices have called for a change in electoral systems.
- The Supreme Court’s decision is an important measure to ensure electoral integrity in the lead up to the 2020 elections as it legally guards against electors from taking measures into their own hands. It prevents rogue delegates from misrepresenting their constituents’ decisions, thus ensuring that voters’ decisions are upheld.
- Yet, the debate remains. Take a look at both sides of the debate about the electoral college and decide for yourself:
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