Clinton backers file suit to let Electoral College vote on own
Two members of the Electoral College pledged to support Hillary Clinton have filed a lawsuit intended to undo the presidential-election victory of Donald Trump.
Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich, two electors in Colorado, filed their lawsuit in federal court Tuesday challenging the validity of state laws requiring members of the Electoral College to vote for the winner of the popular vote in their states, according to the Denver Post.
The two are casting themselves as “moral electors” who want to “vote their conscience and do their constitutional duty as intended by the framers,” said attorney Jason Wesoky.
Should they win their long-shot lawsuit, it will have no effect in Colorado — Mrs. Clinton won the state and its nine Electoral College votes. But similar laws in other states that voted for Mr. Trump would also be invalid, meaning all 538 members of the Electoral College could vote for whomever they wished — at least potentially undoing the result of the election.
One member of the Electoral College — Christopher Suprun in Texas — said this week he will not vote for Mr. Trump as required, arguing that College is intended to discern the candidates’ worthiness, not simply rubber-stamp the state’s populace.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, vowed Tuesday to defend the state’s electoralcollege law. — Victor Morton