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UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 6:56 p.m.

Supreme Court: ‘Faithless electors’ can be fined $1,000

“Faithless” electors’ rights aren’t violated by the state’s $1,000 fine for casting a ballot for someone who didn’t win the presidential contest.


CON: Electoral College protects all Americans against the ‘tyranny of the majority’

The Electoral College is one of the most critical institutions created by the framers of the Constitution to ensure a stable representative government, yet it’s under attack.


PRO: Change or abolish the Electoral College to ensure equal voice for all

The time has come to change or dismantle the Electoral College system of selecting the United States president. This outdated result of a constitutional compromise sets up not only a …


Trump alters Electoral College debate in states

For years, polls show, Republicans across the country championed a national popular vote to elect presidents, instead of the state-by-state tally of the Electoral College. Then Donald Trump got elected …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

‘Faithless electors’ would lose their position under Senate bill

Members of the Electoral College in Washington would lose their position if they voted for someone who didn’t win the presidential election that year, a bill that passed the Senate …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Washington could demand tax returns from presidential candidates

Presidential candidates could be required to release their tax returns to appear on the Washington ballot.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:44 a.m.

Washington Electoral College electors who shunned Hillary Clinton to stop Trump fight fines in Supreme Court

Washington Supreme Court to decide a remaining issue from the 2016 presidential election.


‘Faithless’ electors $1,000 fines upheld

A member of Washington’s Electoral College doesn’t have a constitutional right to avoid the fine for changing his or her vote to someone other than the presidential candidate who won …


Oregon House approves joining National Popular Vote movement

The Oregon House has voted to join an agreement among states that want to elect the U.S. president by popular vote.


Republicans in Minnesota, Virginia propose changes to their electoral college rules

Republicans in two swing states lost by President Donald Trump in 2016 have introduced legislation that would have benefited Trump in the 2016 election, by splitting up their electoral votes …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

‘It is over’: Congress certifies Donald Trump’s victory

Congress certified Donald Trump’s presidential victory Friday over the objections of a handful of House Democrats, with Vice President Joe Biden pronouncing, “It is over.”


Electoral College works if you win

If the situation were reversed, Team Clinton would drop its arguments, and Team Trump would pick them up.


4 Washington electors to be fined $1,000 for not voting for Clinton

Washington electors who didn’t cast votes for Hillary Clinton Monday will be fined $1,000.


Washington electors split four votes away from Clinton

Hillary Clinton loses four Washington Electoral College votes to protests


Q&A: Idaho electors prepare to cast votes for Trump

Idaho’s four Republican electors will meet Monday to cast their ballots for the president of the United States. A primer on Idaho’s electors and the Electoral College.


Trump aides ask of Russian meddling: Does it matter?

Donald Trump’s top aides on Sunday said the president-elect isn’t ready to accept the finding by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in a bid to elevate Trump. Even …


Electoral College wasn’t done deal in 1976. Will it be in 2016?

As the time for the Electoral College meeting draws near, one former elector from the Spokane Valley often gets asked about his vote in 1976.


Two Idaho electors to be replaced

Two of Idaho’s Republican four electors are set to be replaced Monday before casting their ballots for the president of the United States.


Long-shot bid to block Trump arrives at Electoral College Monday

The Electoral College’s 538 members gather Monday at 50 state capitols to cast the ballots that matter the most when it comes to electing a U.S. president.


Judge rejects Washington electors’ attempt to avoid fine

A long-shot bid to deny Donald Trump the presidency suffered another setback Wednesday after a federal judge rejected an effort by two Democratic electors from Washington state to avoid being …


Recount efforts end: Trump wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

Presidential election recount efforts came to an end Monday in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Republican Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over …


Two Washington electors sue over law on election results

Two Washington state electors have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a law that would fine them up to $1,000 each if they disregard the state popular vote in the November …


Fact check: No ‘landslide’ election win for Trump

In claiming that he scored “a massive landslide victory” in last month’s presidential election, Donald Trump turned history upside down. In fact, his winning margin in the Electoral College is …


Idaho’s presidential electors to cast votes at Statehouse

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney say the state’s four Republican electors will meet next week to cast their ballots for the president of …


Electoral College members request intelligence briefing over Trump-Russia ties

A handful of members of the Electoral College, including a rogue Republican who says he won’t vote for President-elect Donald Trump, are demanding an intelligence briefing on whether the government …


John Kasich, Ohio governor, tells electors not to vote for him over Trump

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday advised state electors not to vote for him in an anti-Donald Trump protest.


Washington Electoral College elector willing to switch his vote

OLYMPIA – Democratic members of the Electoral College willing to switch votes if Republican electors will do likewise.


Idaho electors lobbied as Trump opponents try to beat him at the Electoral College

Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to do something that has never been done in American history – deny …


The electoral college isn’t a real place, but someone has to answer all the angry phone calls these days

The Office of the Federal Register, which administers the electoral college, now finds itself at the center of a populist brouhaha.


Idaho Trump electors report ‘barrage’ of harassing messages urging them to change votes

Idaho’s four presidential electors have been getting harassing phone calls, emails and Facebook messages urging them to become “faithless electors” and not cast their votes for Donald Trump in the …