Faithless electors: US supreme court to weigh role of electoral college members

  • Cases concern whether electors must follow voters’ wishes
  • President elected indirectly by delegations from each state

On Wednesday morning, Bret Chiafolo will have the surreal experience of listening to a live broadcast from the quarantined US supreme court as it debates whether his behavior during the 2016 presidential election was in breach of the constitution.

Chiafolo was one of seven so-called “faithless” electors who made national headlines four years ago as they made a long-shot attempt to stop Donald Trump ascending to the US presidency. In the process, they raised fundamental questions about the workings of America’s arcane system for choosing the occupant of the White House.

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