When people vote in a presidential election, they are selecting a representative who will cast a vote for a presidential candidate in the Electoral College. What happens if the elector decides to vote contrary to the results from the polls? Supporters of such “faithless electors” contend that the Constitution allows them to cast their vote according to their own discretion. Opponents argue that the role of an Elector is to represent the people and their wishes, despite their own personal preferences. In this episode of POLICYbrief, Professor Michael Morley outlines the arguments for both sides of the debate.
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