Court won’t hear appeal by electors against Trump
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.