Deputy SOS refers "faithless elector" to attorney general

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                                                                                      Lynn Bartels


"Faithless elector" referred to Colorado AG for investigation


DENVER, Dec. 21, 2016 -- The Colorado Secretary of State’s office today referred Denver elector Michael Baca to the Attorney General for investigation.


Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert noted that Baca took an oath saying he would vote for the presidential candidate who won Colorado and then “cast a ballot contrary to the oath.” 


“This was a violation of C.R.S. 1-4-304(5) which requires: (5) Each presidential elector shall vote for the presidential candidate and, by separate ballot, vice presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes at the preceding general election in this state,” Staiert wrote in her letter to the Colorado Attorney General’s office.


The other eight Democratic electors voted for Hillary Clinton for president, but Baca wrote in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s name. Per a Denver District Court judge’s instruction, Baca then was replaced with an alternate elector who voted for Clinton.


The electors had earlier been warned they could face misdemeanor charges if they did not vote for Clinton at the Electoral College ceremony on Monday.






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