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  • Ray v. Blair, 343 U.S. 214, is a major decision of the Supreme Court of the United States. It was a case on state political parties requiring of presidential electors to pledge to vote for the party's nominees before being certified as electors. It ruled that it is constitutional for states to allow parties to require such a pledge of their candidates for elector, and that it was not a breach of otherwise qualified candidates' rights to be denied this position if they refused the pledge. It officially defined state electors as representatives of their respective states, not the federal government. The case was argued on March 31, 1952 and decided on April 3, 1952.