Supreme Court justices wary of tampering with Electoral College

U.S. Supreme Court justices heard a pair of cases Wednesday relating to the Electoral College. Altering how it works in electing the president could lead to chaos, they warned.

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May 14, 2020 - 9:52 AM

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices said Wednesday they saw a danger of “creating chaos” after November’s presidential vote if electors were freed to defy their state’s popular vote and cast ballots in the Electoral College for the candidate of their choice.

In a close election, they noted, a few electors could have the power to flip the outcome.

Under the Constitution, the president is not elected by direct popular vote, but instead by a majority of the votes cast by states in the Electoral College. Since the early 1800s, states have appointed a slate of electors, who are pledged to support the candidate who wins the most votes in that state.

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