Connecticut lawmakers moving to restrict ‘faithless’ electors

(The Center Square) — Connecticut has never had a “faithless” elector who refused to certify the results of a presidential election, but some state lawmakers argue there needs to be a law preventing it.

A legislative proposal, which recently cleared a key committee, would nullify the electoral vote of a so-called “faithless” presidential elector in Connecticut who fails to cast their ballot for the candidates that the elector ran on the official ballot.

It would also allow individual citizens to petition a state court to order the removal of an elector who fails to carry out their duties in certifying the presidential election.

Unlike a previous version of the bill that was considered by lawmakers last year, it doesn’t threaten sanction or jail time against rogue electors.

State Rep. Matt Blumenthal, D-Stamford, the bill’s primary sponsor, said the legislation is aimed at “ensuring that presidential electors vote in the way they have
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