Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes
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A Virginia Republican delegate has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court Friday challenging a state law that requires delegates to the national convention to vote for the winner of the primary, in this case Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE.


A Virginia law dictates that delegates vote for the candidate who wins the state primary, NBC News reported, although the Virginia Republican Party rules call for voting proportional to the primary results.

"The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees delegates to the Republican Party's and Democratic Party's national conventions the right to vote their conscience, free from government compulsion, when participating in the selection of their party's presidential nominee," the complaint reads.

"Nonetheless, Virginia law acts to strip them of that right, imposing criminal penalties on delegates who vote for anyone other than the primary winner on the first ballot at a national convention. That law cannot be sustained under the First Amendment or as a legitimate exercise of Virginia's authority under the United States Constitution." 

Beau Correll, a Republican delegate who served as one of Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer Trump adviser Jason Miller to join reelection campaign Texas Republicans call on county GOP chair to resign for saying Floyd's death was staged Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony MORE's campaign co-chairs in Virginia, is the only named plaintiff in the lawsuit but filed on behalf of all of Virginia's Republican and Democratic delegates. His attorneys wrote in the complaint that Correll is concerned Trump may sue him when he votes against him at the convention this summer, based on Trump's reputation of being litigious.

"Correll, like many other Republicans, refuses to cast his first-ballot vote — or any other vote — for Virginia primary winner Donald Trump because Correll believes that Trump is unfit to serve as President of the United States," the suit reads. "Correll is concerned that voting against Trump at the convention may subject him to retaliatory litigation by Trump, Trump's campaign, or other persons or entities associated with Trump."

The attorneys have asked for the case to be expedited because the Republican's nomination convention is only a month away. 

Trump wom Virginia's primary with about 34 percent of the vote, besting Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOn The Trail: Crisis response puts Trump on defense, even in red states If we seek resilience, we need liberty, not nationalism GOP senator blocks bill giving flexibility to small-business loans but says deal near MORE by 3 points.