Colorado Dept. of State v. Baca, 591 U.S. ___ (2020)

Justia Opinion Summary and Annotations

Reversing the Tenth Circuit, the Court held that states may impose a sanction on "faithless electors" who pledge to vote for the nominee of their political party in the presidential election and fail to do so. The Court cited its contemporaneous opinion, Chiafalo v. Washington.


Primary Holding
States may impose a sanction on "faithless electors."

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No. 19–518



on writ of certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the tenth circuit

[July 6, 2020]

Per Curiam.

The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is reversed for the reasons stated in Chiafalo v. Washington, ante, p. ___.

It is so ordered.

Justice Sotomayor took no part in the decision of this case.

Justice Thomas concurs in the judgment for the reasons stated in his separate opinion in Chiafalo v. Washington, ante, p. ___.

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