Bloomberg Law
Free Newsletter Sign Up
Login
BROWSE
Bloomberg Law
Welcome
Login
Advanced Search Go
Free Newsletter Sign Up

Fines for Faithless Electors Upheld by Washington State Court

May 23, 2019, 10:33 PM

Three presidential electors who wrote in Colin Powell’s name rather than voting for Hilary Clinton in 2016 can be fined $1,000 by Washington state for failing to abide by the popular vote, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The votes by the three so-called “faithless” electors violated a state law which required them to vote for a person nominated by the party of which they are an elector. Clinton bested Donald Trump in Washington state.

The electors had argued that states can’t infringe on a federal responsibility outlined in the U.S. Constitution. They also said said that Electoral College members ...