Two electors in Colorado filed a lawsuit with the goal of reversing state law that requires them to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in their state. A law that they claim violates their 14th Amendment equal protection rights, rendering elector’s votes meaningless.
The two scheming democratic electors Polly Baca – a former state senator and Robert Nemanich, currently working with a entrepreneurial group developing a management consulting firm specializing in the legalized cannabis industry, say they want to “vote their conscious”.
President elect Donald Trump needs 270 electoral votes to win. He currently has 306 while Hillary Clinton only has 232.
Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in Colorado, they say overturning the law would undermine similar laws in other states, empowering Republican electors to reject Donald Trump as president.
The Lawsuit argues that the U.S. Constitution intends for the Electoral College to “be a deliberative and independent body free to cast votes for whomever they deem to be the most fit and qualified candidates.”
Both Baca and Nemanich are a part of “Moral Elector’s Movement”, an organization trying to keep Donald Trump from officially winning the election, they want electors to vote for a different Republican candidate causing the election to be thrown to the House of Representatives. But most Republican electors, even those wary of Trump, have argued that they are compelled by state law to support him. If the lawsuit is successful, the anti-Trump electors say, will embolden more Republicans to come out against Trump.
One name that has been floated for the alternate candidate is that of Ohio Governor John Kasich, Kasich ran for the GOP nomination but his campaign failed to gain any traction among voters. However, on Tuesday Kasich issued a statement telling electors not to vote for him.
Gov. John Kasich statement on the recent news about the upcoming Electoral College meeting: pic.twitter.com/dm9yOfBqwF
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 6, 2016
The last time the House resolved a presidential election was in 1825.