On Monday a federal judge blocked electors trying to deny citizens their vote, which he stated was a ploy to steal the election from President-elect Donald Trump.
Two Colorado electors had been denied requests, by U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel, to change their state law which binds their vote to the candidate who won the state. These electors were requesting the right to vote for an alternative Republican candidate, hoping they could then be able to encourage more electors to defect and rally behind their agenda before Dec. 19th, when the Electoral College convenes.
Believing that this would damage the peaceful transition of power, Daniel states, “Part of me thinks this is really a political stunt to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.”
A representative of the two electors, Jason Wesoky, has said that he may seek an “emergency appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals,” to try to overturn the judge’s ruling. Wesoky claims that the voters hadn’t chosen a president on Nov. 8th, and that the electors should be given the right to vote according to their conscience.
Thus far, 0nly one Republican has stated that they would not vote for Trump. In order to accomplish their goal, the rogue electors would need many more electors to defect from President-Elect Trump’s win of 306 electors to Clinton’s 232 in order, in order to cause an upset in the presidential election process.
“This is very serious stuff,” said attorney Christopher Murray, one of Trump’s attorneys who filed legal papers disputing the requests for Colorado’s law concerning the Electoral College to be suspended. “If you vote as a free agent in the electoral college, you’re taking Colorado voters’ voices away,” said Murray.
The Associated Press has reported that the possible penalty is up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if the electors defy Colorado law and vote for someone other than Clinton.
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