US Electoral College under Supreme Court scrutinyMore

Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Wednesday tackled the thorny issue of whether members of the Electoral College, who formally elect the president, can go against the popular vote in their respective states.

The justices heard arguments in a session that was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Their ruling could potentially impact the upcoming election in November.

The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors who translate the popular vote by casting their ballots in favor of the candidate who gets the most votes in each state.

During the 20 presidential elections organized from 1796 to 2016, there were only 180 votes contrary to expectations, according to a document admitted to the court.

In 2016, five electors

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