Mr Joe Biden and President Donald Trump
The Supreme Court of the United State of America on Monday delivered what may be considered a constitutional mandate that empowers the electorate to determine who becomes their president from the popular vote to the Electoral College.
In a major ruling, the apex court ruled that delegates to the Electoral College chosen by the state electorate must represent the state rather than their caprices as had been happening for some time.
The most recent example is the 2000 general polls when the candidate of the Democratic Party, Al Gore lost to his Republican rival, George W. Bush and in 2016 when Hilary Clinton won the popular vote and her rival, Mr Donald Trump went on to emerge president through the vote of the electoral college, a situation that reinforced the debate on the issue that had been going on for a long time.
What the Supreme Court merely restated is that delegates to the Electoral College must do the biddings of their state that elected them by supporting the candidate they voted for in the popular vote.
Coming before the November 3, 2020 presidential elections in the country, the question is whether the ruling could be interpreted to have taken power back to the American people.?
Significantly. The 538 electors on whom the power resides will in December confirm the ruling when the Electoral College meets to determine who goes to the Oval Office.
Under the Constitution, each state appoints electors to cast the electoral ballots. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia require them to vote for the winner of the popular vote, but 18 states do not.