U.S. Supreme Court set to hear Washington case challenging role of state electors

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The Seattle Times
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“Making the system work worse in the service of that goal seems to be problematic, because getting the Constitution amended right now to get rid of the Electoral College is almost inconceivable,” said Paul Smith, vice president of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group that’s filed an amicus brief with the court, arguing against Chiafalo’s position. Since neither campaign finance law nor federal ethics laws apply to electors, it could be a free for all, Smith said, with electors being offered money, gifts or other untoward rewards to change their votes. “Once the Supreme Court has endorsed the idea that they’re free agents,” Smith said, “maybe they have a financial stake, maybe they get a big gift, any of those things could happen.”

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