Suzanne Potter, Public News Service
Sacramento, CA – A new court ruling says states cannot penalize a delegate to the Electoral College for voting against the popular vote from that state. Comments from John Koza, chair of National Popular Vote.
It just got a bit more likely – that the next election will be decided by a single vote in the Electoral College – in the wake of a federal court decision this week. A federal judge in the 9th circuit decided that states cannot replace or punish a so-called “faithless elector” even if it’s one of 30 states, such as California, that requires delegates to support the candidate who got the most votes in that state. John Koza from the group National Popular Vote – says there were seven electors who went against their party’s wishes in 2016.
“But I can assure you in 2020, both parties are going to be super diligent at nominating only presidential electors that they absolutely know will support the party’s nominee. “
Critics of winner-take-all laws argue that it’s unfair to require electors to respect majority rule, especially when a candidate loses by a very thin margin in a given state and then forfeits all of that state’s electoral votes. Koza says the case is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
He adds that President Donald Trump’s re-election could easily come down to a single elector – because two states he won last time, Pennsylvania and Michigan, are now trending blue, and if nothing else changed, he would be at exactly 270 votes – the number needed to win in the Electoral College and be re-elected.
“And one elector from either party, if they voted for someone else, that would deny Trump the majority in the Electoral College”
Koza’s group promotes the Interstate National Popular Vote Compact – where dozens of states have committed their delegates to whoever wins the national popular vote. The idea is to avoid the situation where a presidential candidate wins more votes overall but loses in the Electoral College, which has happened twice in the past 15 years. President George W. Bush won in 2000 despite losing by more than half a million in the popular vote. In 2016, Trump won despite earning 3 million fewer votes overall.
It just got a bit more likely – that the next election will be decided by a single vote in the electoral college – in the wake of a federal court decision this week
The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.
To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II