Transcript for Supreme Court blocks 'faithless electors'
Just under four months from today Americans will head to the polls to cast their ballots for president. Many will begin mailing in ballots even sooner than that but it will ultimately be members of the Electoral College in this country who formally decide the winner of the election. And today the US Supreme Court handed down a major decision on the role those electors can play. And the power of the states to enforce how they vote. ABC's Devin Dwyer who covers the court forest. Joins me now with an update -- this case involved so called faceless electors who essentially pick a candidate against the will of the voters in their state. What are the justices have to say about that. Yet and they are rare and they've never impacted the outcome of an election so far but faithless electors for years have raised the possibility of chaos. In our elections especially to pick the presidency imagine. Intense lobbying to get some to change their vote potentially even bribery will the Supreme Court said today definitively. That states can require their electors just to vote a certain way here's justice Elena Kagan who wrote the court's majority opinion she said. The constitution's text our nation's history. Both support allowing the state to enforce an electors pledged to support his party's nominee in the state voters choice. For president that of course. Comes in the form of monetary fines in some cases states have remove these electors the bottom line no good news for voters here. This takes off the table the chance of some big political derive drama surprise is that they looked for college this this fall. Especially at the election is very close to him. All right and DeVon the court also handed down a decision today on mobile calls me notre knowing are they any bill. They are so annoyed and yes they are illegal steal the Supreme Court unanimously today upheld federal law that bans robo calls your cell phones and. Home phone number the justices though. Went even further they ended a special exemption that had allowed government debt collectors. To keep using robo calls justice Cavanaugh said look collecting government debt may be a good thing but Uncle Sam has to follow the rules like everybody else just. He's a real person her use mail Diane all right Devin Dwyer from Washington Forrest thanks DeVon. Thanks to an.
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