BREAKING: Presidential Electors File Stunning Lawsuit To BREAK From Trump & Vote Hillary


A presidential elector is taking a stand against Donald Trump by challenging the rules requiring electors to follow their state’s vote.

An attorney representing Micheal Baca is preparing to file a lawsuit challenging laws in 29 states that require electors to support their party’s nominee. Baca argues that a victory would send a message to the Republican Party’s electors that they do not have to violate their conscience by voting for Trump.

The lawsuit is based on a 1953 Supreme Court case Ray v. Blair in which the Justices ruled that electors could be forced to take oaths to support their party’s nominee. However, the Justices did not determine whether such an oath would be legally binding. The Justices wrote:

‘[E]ven if such promises of candidates for the electoral college are legally unenforceable because, violative of an assumed constitutional freedom of the elector under the Constitution … to vote as he may choose in the electoral college, it would not follow that the requirement of a pledge … is unconstitutional.’

Baca and his supporters contend that such “faithless elector” laws override the original intent of the Electoral College. Today, the role of the Electors is considered a ceremonial position, but that is not what Alexander Hamilton envisioned. In the Federalist Papers he wrote, regarding the reasoning behind Electors:

‘It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice. A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.’

Baca and his fellow “faithless Electors” are not attempting to swing the College to Clinton or another Democrat. They are merely hoping the Republican Electors can agree on a consensus Republican that is not Trump.

Despite this lawsuit, Baca and his colleague, Washington-elector P. Bret Chiafalo, acknowledges that this is a long shot and is unlikely to change the outcome of the election. Chiafalo said in a phone interview:

‘This is a long shot. It’s a Hail Mary. However, I do see situations where — when we’ve already had two or three [Republican] electors state publicly they didn’t want to vote for Trump. How many of them have real issues with Donald Trump in private?’

The Trump campaign has not commented on this story, though the President-Elect has been critical of the College in the past.

‘The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy. ‘

This movement is unlikely to succeed, but if nothing else, perhaps it will shed some light on the strange and somewhat undemocratic nature of the Electoral College. Regardless of who ends up in the White House, the country should probably have a discussion as to whether or not the Electoral College still serves a purpose in our society.

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