Which of the following groups of people has the authority to direct the manner in which electors are appointed to the Electoral College for the U.S. presidency?
Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution gives "the Legislature" of "each State" the authority to direct the manner in which electors are "appointed" to the Electoral College. In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McPherson v. Blacker that the "Constitution does not provide that the appointment of electors shall be by popular vote" but that "the people act through their representatives in the legislature," and "there is no doubt of the right of the legislature to resume the power at any time, for it can neither be taken away nor abdicated." The ruling notes that George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson became president of the U.S. via elections in which the majority of state legislatures appointed their electors without a popular vote.
DocumentationArticle II, Section 1McPherson v. Blacker