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Washington Supreme Court Review: Rogue Electors Ordered to Pay Fine

July 2019 Bar Bulletin

 

In re Guerra, et al.
No. 95347-3 (8-1)
May 23, 2019

Justice Madsen Writes for the Court

Appellants ... moved for a direct appeal of a Thurston County Superior Court decision upholding the imposition of a $1,000 fine for failing to cast their votes in the United States Electoral College in accordance with the popular vote in the State of Washington. They argue the fine is a violation of article II, section 1 of the United States Constitution, the Twelfth Amendment, and the First Amendment.

For the reasons below, we reject appellants’ argument and affirm the trial court.

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