Wednesday, November 27, 2019

‘Faithless electors’ petition wins support of 22 other states

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Secretary of State Jena Griswold. - COLORADO SECRETARY OF STATE
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  • Secretary of State Jena Griswold.
Twenty-two states joined Colorado in formally asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that, according to Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, “undermines voters and sets a dangerous precedent for our nation.”

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that three members of the Electoral College should not have been forced to vote for Hillary Clinton after she won Colorado’s popular vote in the 2016 presidential election.
Three Democratic party electors had planned to vote for Republican John Kasich as part of a failed national attempt to deprive Donald Trump of enough votes to win. Only one, Micheal Baca, actually did vote for Kasich, and he was promptly replaced as an elector by the office of then-Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

The appeals court ruled that Baca should not have been replaced.

Griswold and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser first petitioned the Supreme Court to review that decision in October.

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