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USA: Colorado judge rejects 'Hamilton Electors' attempt to block Trump election02:08

USA: Colorado judge rejects 'Hamilton Electors' attempt to block Trump election

United States, Denver
December 13, 2016 at 07:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

A federal judge in Denver has rejected a request made by Colorado presidential electors to unbind their votes in the Electoral College, Monday.

U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel denied the request, calling it, according to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne W. Williams a "political stunt". The electors, Polly Baca, Micheal Baca, Robert Nemanic, and Jared Sutton intended to change their vote to another candidate, to try and prevent Trump from receiving the 270 electoral votes he needs to take office.

Speaking to press outside court, elector Michael Baca, said, "The injunction was not granted. I, however, do intend to cast my vote for someone other than Hillary Clinton and Tim Cane", adding that he does not believe Donald Trump is "fit for office."

The four electors are part of a group called the 'Hamilton Electors'. The group has formed a strategy to try and prevent Trump from becoming US President on the basis that they believe that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton tactically constructed the Electoral College to help ensure that a man who is "not endowed with the requisite qualifications" does not take office.

The plan is to see if laws other states, those where Trump won and Republicans electors are bound to vote for him, can be overturned. The Democratic electors are pledging to vote for another Republican candidate in their state, in an effort to persuade Republicans in those aforementioned states to also vote for an alternative. The group would need at least 37 electors to follow suit for the strategy to have an effect. If successful, and the electoral votes for Trump falls below the 270 required, the election would go to the US House of Representatives.

USA: Colorado judge rejects 'Hamilton Electors' attempt to block Trump election02:08
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A federal judge in Denver has rejected a request made by Colorado presidential electors to unbind their votes in the Electoral College, Monday.

U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel denied the request, calling it, according to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne W. Williams a "political stunt". The electors, Polly Baca, Micheal Baca, Robert Nemanic, and Jared Sutton intended to change their vote to another candidate, to try and prevent Trump from receiving the 270 electoral votes he needs to take office.

Speaking to press outside court, elector Michael Baca, said, "The injunction was not granted. I, however, do intend to cast my vote for someone other than Hillary Clinton and Tim Cane", adding that he does not believe Donald Trump is "fit for office."

The four electors are part of a group called the 'Hamilton Electors'. The group has formed a strategy to try and prevent Trump from becoming US President on the basis that they believe that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton tactically constructed the Electoral College to help ensure that a man who is "not endowed with the requisite qualifications" does not take office.

The plan is to see if laws other states, those where Trump won and Republicans electors are bound to vote for him, can be overturned. The Democratic electors are pledging to vote for another Republican candidate in their state, in an effort to persuade Republicans in those aforementioned states to also vote for an alternative. The group would need at least 37 electors to follow suit for the strategy to have an effect. If successful, and the electoral votes for Trump falls below the 270 required, the election would go to the US House of Representatives.

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