Clin­ton back­ers file suit to let Elec­toral Col­lege vote on own

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

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

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