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Electoral Voters File Lawsuit To Deny Trump Win

| by Lauren Briggs

Two Colorado Electoral College members have filed a lawsuit for the chance to vote against Donald Trump on Dec. 19.

Robert Nemanich and Polly Baca filed the federal suit against Colorado's governor, secretary of state and attorney general on Dec. 6, reports KXRM.

Existing Colorado state law requires electors to confirm the popular vote, but Nemanich and Baca claim in their suits that the requirements are unconstitutional, arguing that the Electoral College exists to keep unqualified or dangerous candidates out of office.

"My personal belief and judgement is that Donald Trump is so dangerous to the representative form of government, regardless, that him in office is more dangerous than the mechanisms that would be put in play to stop him from office," Nemanich told KXRM about the prospect that the lawsuit could change the future of the election process.

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Nemanich said that he knew the lawsuit could lead to "serious stuff" like riots, but to him, it is worth it.

"There will be some form of unrest," he added. "That's America. There's unrest in lots of things. I get that. I don't want that."

The pair is not looking to put Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office – rather, they intend to vote for a different Republican such as John Kasich, John McCain or Mitt Romney.

"Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency and that doesn't come just from my personal judgement, it comes from conversations that I've had with Republicans, Independents, Democrats," Nemanich added.

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The Colorado voters are not alone. Several other Electoral College members announced plans to vote against Trump, while nearly five million people have signed an online petition on Change.org urging the electors to vote for Hillary Clinton instead.

"Why not use the most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?" asks the petition's official website.

Though Trump is the president-elect, he could theoretically lose his position if a minimum of 38 Republican electors and 232 Democratic ones vote for a Republican alternative candidate who did not run in the general election, assuming that several states change their laws to accommodate this, notes KXRM. This would be unprecedented throughout the entire history of U.S. elections.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said Nemanich.

Sources: KXRM, Electoral College Petition, Change.org / Photo Credit:Tim Evanson/Flickr

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