U.S. Supreme Court Allows Colorado to Remove Faithless Electors
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is now allowing Colorado to remove faithless electors.
The term "faithless electors" refers to presidential electors who do not vote for the winner of a state's popular vote in a presidential election.
According to The Denver Post, Colorado began arguing for the right to remove faithless electors after several electors tried to vote for John Kasich over Colorado's popular vote winner Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The electors then argued that they should be able to vote as free agents, and the case turned into Colorado Dept. of State v. Baca, with Baca being Michael Baca, one of the electors who attempted to vote for Kasich.
But on Monday (July 6), SCOTUS ruled unanimously against Baca, determining that Colorado can remove any elector who does not side with the state's popular vote.
Attorney General Phil Weiser, Secretary of State Jena Griswold, and Governor Jared Polis came out in support of the court's decision later that day, expressing their relief that the decision came before this year's presidential election.
During the hearing for the case, Weiser argued that by removing faithless electors, Coloradans can find solace in knowing that electors are voting in line with their wishes.
On the other hand, Jason Harrow, the chief counsel for Equal Citizens, argued in favor of an elector's ability to vote freely, stating that he didn't see the point in Colorado electors only having one voting choice.
Nonetheless, Harrow said that Equal Citizens would focus on upholding the court's decision.
Colorado is not the only state to look into faithless electors. SCOTUS also ruled against them in a Washington case titled Chiafalo v. Washington.