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Supreme Court will hear whether states may punish electoral-college members who ignore popular-vote results

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States worry that a handful of ‘faithless’ electors could decide the next presidential election. Challengers say the Constitution leaves up to states the appointment of electors, but that is all. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit decided the issue  along the lines that  Justice Steven Gonzalez gave in his dissent. The Constitution contemplated that electors “would be free agents,” he said, “to exercise an independent and nonpartisan judgment as to who was best qualified for the nation’s highest offices.” “There is no mechanism for state officials to monitor, control, or dictate electoral votes,” said the brief filed by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig and his group Equal Citizens. “Instead, the right to vote in the Constitution and federal law is personal to the electors, and it is supervised by the electors themselves.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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