Colorado secretary of state criticizes electors trying to stop Trump

Colorado secretary of state criticizes electors trying to stop Trump
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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams criticized Electoral College voters who are trying to overturn a law stipulating that they must back the winner of the state’s popular vote. 

“Make no mistake, this is not some noble effort to fight some unjust or unconstitutional law; rather, this is an arrogant attempt by two faithless electors to elevate their personal desires over the entire will of the people of Colorado," Williams said in a statement, according to Politico.


Two Democratic electors filed a lawsuit aiming to reverse the law. According to Politico, the move is part of a plan to challenge similar laws in multiples states so electors can choose a Republican other than Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE when the Electoral College casts its ballot for president on Dec. 19.

"The very notion of two Colorado electors ignoring Colorado’s popular vote in an effort to sell their vote to electors in other states is odious to everything we hold dear about the right to vote," Williams said.

“It is this type of evil that President Franklin Roosevelt warned us about when he cautioned that voters — not elected officials such as these faithless electors — are 'the ultimate rulers of our democracy,’ ” he added.

One of the electors, Robert Nemanich, told Politico that Williams’s office said it would eliminate him as an elector if he tries to vote for any candidate other than Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Ex-FBI official: 'Links and coordination' with Russia happen everyday Ex-FBI agent: Americans should be 'disgusted' by Russian interference in Mueller report MORE, who won the popular vote in Colorado.

"Evil? Is it evil to sue for constitutional affirmation of civil rights like Free Speech in carrying out the duties of an elected official? Is it a cabal where one seeks counsel from other elected officials in carrying out own's duty? Is it a conspiracy to talk to Republican Electors about a candidate for President that one believes unfit by their daily actions?" Nemanich said in an email.