Court won’t hear ap­peal by elec­tors against Trump

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Brian Ea­son

The Colorado Supreme Court has de­clined to hear an ap­peal from a group of pres­i­den­tial elec­tors who had sought the right to vote their con­science, rather than be bound to the win­ner of the pop­u­lar vote in Colorado.

The de­ci­sion up­holds a rul­ing this week by a Den­ver District Court that the Colorado sec­re­tary of state can re­place so­called “faith­less” elec­tors when the Elec­toral Col­lege meets Mon­day if they refuse to vote for Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The rul­ing is yet an­other set­back for the “Hamil­ton Elec­tors,” a group of Elec­toral Col­lege del­e­gates seek­ing to pre­vent a Don­ald Trump pres­i­dency. Even though its elec­toral votes are bound to Trump’s op­po­nent, Colorado has found it­self at the center of the up­start na­tional move­ment be­cause as many as three elec­tors here have dis­cussed vot­ing for an al­ter­na­tive can­di­date in a show of sol­i­dar­ity with anti-Trump Repub­li­cans.

If the group could con­vince 37 Repub­li­cans to vote against Trump, they could force an Elec­toral Col­lege dead­lock and send the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to the Repub­li­can-con­trolled House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

But while the­o­ret­i­cally pos­si­ble, con­sti­tu­tional schol­ars say, the move­ment has run into le­gal and lo­gis­ti­cal road­blocks.

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