California Elector Files Lawsuit, Joins Movement to Find Trump Alternative

Sunday, December 11, 2016
By Paul Martin

A Democratic presidential elector in California has joined the effort to block President-elect Donald Trump from actually taking office.

Vinz Koller, chairman of the Monterey County Democratic Party, has joined eight other Democrats and one Republican who want to find a way out of casting their Electoral College votes for Trump, Politico reports.

Koller filed suit December 9 in US District Court of Northern California, challenging the constitutionality of the California statute that requires him and the rest of California’s Electoral College members to cast their ballots for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton later this month.

Earlier this week, Colorado Democratic electors Robert Nemanich and Polly Baca filed a similar suit, and another Colorado elector, Micheal Baca (no relation to Polly Baca) began working with electors in other states to push what they call the “Moral Electors” or “Hamilton Electors” movement, the Denver Post reported.

The hope among the 10 electors who have so far joined the push is to undermine state laws that require electors to support the winner of their state’s popular vote. There are 29 such laws, Politico reports, many in states where Republican electors have expressed reservations about a Trump presidency but said they’re required by law to put him in office.

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