The Supreme Court agreed to decide a case on Friday that could upset the Electoral College. The decision will likely come just as the 2020 campaign accelerates to a fever pitch.
The answer to the question could be a decisive one: Are the electors who cast the actual Electoral College ballots for president and vice president required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states? Or are they free to vote as they wish?
While pundits and talking heads always complain about a nightmare scenario where a “faithless elector” could upend a presidential election by refusing to vote the way the state did, it has never actually happened, at least not where it made a difference.