by Emerald Staff
In a unanimous decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “ … states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College,” according to the Associated Press. The ruling also allowed states to remove and punish electors for voting otherwise.
Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Local Activist
During the last presidential election cycle, Beacon Hill resident and longtime Seattle activist and musician, Esther “Little Dove” John, challenged the then-implicit requirement of Electoral College electors voting in lockstep with the popular vote in Washington.
by Chetanya Robinson
Four years ago Esther “Little Dove” John, then 64, accomplished something she had wanted to do since junior high. She became a member of the electoral college, and in December 2016, joined 538 others across the country to choose the next president of the United States.
John, a longtime Beacon Hill community member, artist and activist whose friends call her Dove, never imagined her choice would cause a ripple that would reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Members of the electoral college are expected to vote for whoever wins the popular vote in their states. But in 2016, ten electors across the country tried, and seven succeeded, in casting a vote for someone else. It was the largest such revolt since 1808.
Continue reading Esther “Little Dove” John: Faithless Elector or Trump Resistor?
by Hanna Brooks Olsen
We may not be talking about Hamilton electors any longer, but we still need to talk about what’s next for elections
Nearly a year has passed since the surprising events that unfolded on November 9, 2016. As such, many voters who, last winter, were passionate and vocal about the need to reform the system have moved from talk of Hamilton electors to current-day damage control. Continue reading A Year After the Election, Voting Rights Are Still Critical