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Colorado Electors File Suit And Seek To Block Trump

| by Jordan Smith

Two electors from Colorado have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a provision in the state's law that requires them to vote in the Electoral College for the presidential and vice presidential candidates who won the state's popular vote.

The suit was filed by Democratic electors Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich, The Denver Post reported.

Both electors are part of a “Moral Electors” movement, which is hoping to vote for a alternative candidate in the college to prevent President-elect Donald Trump from securing the 270 votes he needs to become president.

“Though Hillary Clinton and Timothy Kane won the majority vote in Colorado and are qualified for office, plaintiffs cannot be constitutionally compelled to vote for them,” the lawsuit reads. “Plaintiffs are entitled to exercise judgment and free will to vote for whomever they believe to be the most qualified and fit for the office of president and vice president, whether those candidates are Democrats, Republicans or from a third party.”

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The likelihood of Trump being blocked in the Electoral College is not high, notes The Denver Post.

One potential candidate proposed by the “Moral Electors,” which has members in several states, is Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But Kasich released a statement Dec. 6 telling electors not to vote for him.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, criticized the two electors for having “succumbed to cabal, intrigue and corruption.”

“Instead of honoring the will of the Coloradans who voted for them, these two faithless electors seek to conspire with electors from other states to elect a president who did not receive a single vote in November,” Williams said.

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He has vowed to replace the electors if they refuse to back Clinton and Kane.

Of the 538 electors who will vote in the Electoral College, seven have joined the effort to stop Trump, according to The New Yorker. 

Meanwhile, the threat posed to Trump assuming the presidency from the recounts initiated in three states by Green Party nominee Jill Stein appears to be receding.

With approximately 70 percent of votes recounted in Wisconsin, the state’s Elections Commission reported Dec. 7 that Clinton had gained only 82 votes on Trump. Trump’s original lead was 22,177. The recount is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 12, Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Sources: The Denver Post, The New Yorker, Wisconsin State Journal / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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