-- Explain how to change an outcome at the Supreme Court
-- Describe a "faithless elector"
-- Take notes on changing an outcome at the Supreme Court
-- Discuss and define a faithless elector
Notes/Handouts/Material covered in class:
-- Two ways to change a decision of the Supreme Court:
A. Since decisions are based on the Constitution, if you want to change the results of a case, change (amend) the Constitution. (Ex: flag-burning case)
B. The Supreme Court is made up of 9 members appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. If you want a decision of the Supreme Court to be different, bring up a similar case again when members of the Supreme Court are different. [Supreme Court members cannot be removed from the court unless they do something really bad. When they do leave, the current president gets to replace them, and whomever s/he picks will be there a long time. It is a very powerful job of the president, and comes into play with a presidential election.]
-- Faithless elector: Someone who has pledged to vote for a particular candidate for president at the Electoral College but then doesn't.
A. There have been 8 known cases of faithless electors from 1900 - 2012.
B. Arizona is one of 20 states that do not have laws requiring an elector to vote as promised. Other states impose a fine, imprisonment, or cancel their vote and replace them.