Supreme Court Oral Argument: Electoral College & Faithless Electors

Colorado Department of State v. Baca Oral Argument

On its final day of a special May session due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court heard oral argument via teleconference on a case… read more

On its final day of a special May session due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court heard oral argument via teleconference on a case concerning Colorado electors and whether they can cast a vote for a person who did not win the state’s presidential popular vote. This case arose from the 2016 presidential election after a Colorado elector, Micheal Baca, cast his vote for John Kasich instead of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who won the state’s popular vote. The Colorado secretary of state replaced Mr. Baca with another elector voted for the nominee. Two other electors who wanted to vote for John Kasich ended up voting for Hillary Clinton. Mr. Baca and these electors filed suit arguing the state violated their constitutional rights. A federal district court dismissed the case, but on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the electors won. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is recused from this case. close

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Colorado Department of State v. Baca Oral Argument

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Program ID:
471678-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 13, 2020 | 11:17am EDT | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
May 17, 2020 | 3:20am EDT | C-SPAN 1

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  • May 13, 2020 | 11:00am EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • May 13, 2020 | 11:17am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 13, 2020 | 9:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 14, 2020 | 12:03am EDT | C-SPAN RADIO
  • May 14, 2020 | 4:26am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 17, 2020 | 3:20am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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