Colorado Department of State v. Baca (2020)

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Colorado v. Baca was a SCOTUS in the Classroom case. It was decided on July 6, 2020.

Each term Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to conduct moot courts the same week the case is argued, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments.

Case Issues:

  1. Is Colorado’s law that requires electors to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in Colorado an unconstitutional violation of the 12th Amendment?
  2. Does a presidential elector have a constitutionally protected right to exercise discretion, which would give them standing to sue the state, if they are prevented by state law from casting their electoral vote of choice?

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