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« on: September 13, 2015, 05:05:49 pm »

To "accidentally" miscast their vote against the state's popular choice.

Just asking, I swear I'm not affiliated with the RNC or anything Wink
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 09:16:44 pm »

To "accidentally" miscast their vote against the state's popular choice.

Just asking, I swear I'm not affiliated with the RNC or anything Wink

I'd be interested in the answer to this as well.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2015, 02:36:24 pm »

Well bribery is generally illegal in the US, yes....at least until the Supreme Court declares bribery to be Constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2015, 11:01:29 pm »

Well bribery is generally illegal in the US, yes....at least until the Supreme Court declares bribery to be Constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

But... but...
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2015, 02:52:09 am »

Well as far as federal law, the general statute against bribery of public officials is 18 U.S.C. § 201, but I don't think you can stretch the statute's definition of "public official" to include electors:
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(1) the term “public official” means Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, either before or after such official has qualified, or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, under or by authority of any such department, agency, or branch of Government, or a juror;

I think you'd be hard-pressed to argue that electors are part of any branch of the federal government.

So you'd have to look to state bribery laws for your answer. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2015, 12:26:17 pm »

Well as far as federal law, the general statute against bribery of public officials is 18 U.S.C. § 201, but I don't think you can stretch the statute's definition of "public official" to include electors:
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(a) For the purpose of this section--
(1) the term “public official” means Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, either before or after such official has qualified, or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, under or by authority of any such department, agency, or branch of Government, or a juror;

I think you'd be hard-pressed to argue that electors are part of any branch of the federal government.

So you'd have to look to state bribery laws for your answer. 

i think they'd fall under "or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States"
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