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I would think they could require that electors be awarded that reflects popular vote.

No.

they have to reflect what the voters actually want.

That is actually what they are currently doing. If Utah has more people that vote for Trump than Biden, they award all electors to Trump. They are not required to award such based on the national popular vote, but by the state popular vote.

Article II, Section 1, Clauses 2 and 3:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress; but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States shall be appointed an Elector.

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Note, states are not even required to give you a vote, much less a popular one. Each state could simply decide to let their legislature vote - which is how some states actually used to do it.

And, it has survived a SCOTUS challenge twice: McPherson v. Blacker, and of course Bush v. Gore.
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