Two Democratic electors in Colorado have found a pretty clever way to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton instead of doomed president-elect, Donald Trump. On Tuesday, the pair filed a federal lawsuit challenging a law in their state that says they have to vote for the person who won the popular vote.
According to The Denver Post:
“Polly Baca, a former state lawmaker, and Robert Nemanich are among the ‘Moral Electors’ hoping to persuade Republican electors in other states to vote for a third-party candidate to keep Trump from receiving 270 electoral votes — and offering to shift their Democratic votes to a consensus pick.”
Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich are just two people working on a “long-shot effort” to keep Donald Trump from seeing Inauguration Day. Just one day before, voters in Florida filed a lawsuit calling for a recount of votes after multiple reports of malfunctioning ballot machines and “other problems.”
Jason Wesoky is the attorney for both plaintiffs. He says that Baca and Nemanich are trying to “vote their conscience and do their constitutional duty as intended by the framers.” Republican Secretary of State, Wayne Williams, says that he will replace any elector that “shifts their allegiances,” as Colorado law prohibits.
Baca and Nemanich say that if Williams follows through on his threats, he will be violating the U.S. Constitution.
According to the lawsuit:
“Though Hillary Clinton and Timothy Kaine won the majority vote in Colorado and are qualified for office, plaintiffs cannot be constitutionally compelled to vote for them. Plaintiffs are entitled to exercise their judgment and free will to vote for whomever they believe to be the most qualified and fit for the offices of president and vice president, whether those candidates are Democrats, Republicans or from a third-party.”
Williams has responded to the lawsuit, saying that the two electors have “succumbed to cabal, intrigue and corruption.” Williams continued:
“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.”
“Make no mistake, this is not some noble effort to fight some unjust or unconstitutional law; rather, this is an arrogant attempt by two faithless electors to elevate their personal desires over the entire will of the people of Colorado. And in so doing, they seek to violate Colorado law and their own pledges.”
“The very notion of two Colorado electors ignoring Colorado’s popular vote in an effort to sell their vote to electors in other states is odious to everything we hold dear about the right to vote. It is this type of evil that President Franklin Roosevelt warned us about when he cautioned that voters — not elected officials such as these faithless electors – are ‘the ultimate rulers of our democracy.’”
It has been rumored that John Kasich is being considered as an alternative for Republicans, but Kasich himself spoke out asking that electors not vote for him. Kasich said: “I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me when they gather later this month. Our country had an election and Donald Trump won. The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming from the election. But this approach, as well meaning as it is, will only serve to further divide our nation, when unity is what we need.”