Senate Bill 57, which was sponsored by Rep. Paul Baumbach and Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, would ensure that popular votes cast in presidential elections would be honored when the Electoral College meets to decide presidential election outcomes.
The vote was 16-3-2 in the Senate and 31-8-2 in the House. All the no votes came from Republicans, who do not enjoy accurately counting votes in presidential elections and would prefer dictatorships and coups. However, the votes were bipartisan, with seven Republicans voting yes in the House and one in the Senate voting yes.
“We often hear the phrase ‘every vote matters,’ and yet the results in a presidential election don’t always align with the popular vote, leaving many to lose faith in the election process,” Rep. Baumbach said. “SB 57 will bring more confidence to presidential elections because our Electoral College results will be reflective of each and every vote cast by Delaware residents.”
|Senate Bill 57 – Faithful Presidential Electors Act||Currrent Status – Senate Passed 16-3-2 and House Passed 31-8-2. Sent to the Governor.|
|House Sponsors – Baumbach, Lynn, Romer, Schwartzkopf||Senate Sponsors – Gay, Hoffner, McBride, Sokola, Sturgeon|
|House Yes Votes – Baumbach Bolden Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Harris Johnson Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Moore Neal Osienski Parker-Selby Phillips Romer Schwartzkopf Williams Wilson-Anton // Briggs King, Hensley, Ramone, Short, Smith, Spiegelman, Yearick||Senate Yes Votes – Brown Gay Hansen Hoffner Huxtable Lockman Mantzavinos McBride Paradee Pinkney Poore Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh // Pettyjohn|
|House No Votes – Collins, Dukes, Gray, Hilovsky, Morris, Postles, Shupe, Vanderwende||Senate No Votes – Hocker, Richardson, Wilson|
|House Absents or Not Voting – Morrison, Heffernan||Senate Absent or Not Voting – Lawson, Buckson|
In Chiafalo v. Washington, 140 S.Ct. 2316 (2020), the United States Supreme Court made clear that states have the authority to remove or punish presidential electors who do not adhere to their obligation to vote faithfully for their parties’ candidates.
In order to provide Delawareans with confidence that the votes they have cast will be honored when the Electoral College meets to decide the outcome of presidential elections by providing for the orderly operation of Delaware’s Electoral College voting process, Senate Bill 57 adopts the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.
Faithless presidential electors are electors who vote contrary to the popular vote that put them into that office. The Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act requires pledges of faithfulness of all elector candidates. Then, if an elector decides to be unfaithful and vote for an evil fascist who did not win the state’s popular vote, the act immediatly deems that elector as having resigned and replaces that faithless elector with a replacement who has also taken the pledge.
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