Friday, January 6, 2017

Trump election plagued by controversy as many as 50 electors were impro...

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Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s office is reviewing information alleging that as many as 50 members of the Electoral College, Republicans and Democrats, may have cast their votes for president in violation of their respective state laws.
The legal briefing to federal lawmakers comes before Friday’s joint session of Congress when the 2016 Electoral College votes will be ratified two weeks before Donald Trump is set to take office. Lawyers involved in doing the research are urging members of Congress— so far Democratic members— to review the report and raise objections during Friday’s session.
“Members of Congress have an obligation to preserve and defend the Constitution, but they also have a responsibility to protect the American people,” North Carolina attorney Arlaine Rockey. “Most Americans think the election is over, but Congress has the opportunity to choose a different president on Friday.”
If accurate, the research indicates that enough Electoral College votes might have been improperly cast to potentially deny Trump the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to take office.
“Our concern is some of the Electoral College votes cast might have been cast in violation of state law,” said a lawyer from the Northeast who asked that her name not be publicized because she worries about repercussions. “That’s where we’re coming from.”
She noted it was not an effort to block Trump. Instead, she said, “It’s an effort to ensure that the Electoral College votes in accordance to the Constitution.”

Perlmutter spokeswoman Ashley Verville said that his Washington, D.C. office received the information Wednesday afternoon, but that the Congressman wouldn’t comment on it because staffers are still reviewing the material.
He did not mention the lawyer report. A copy of the report sent to members of Congress about alleged violations, obtained by The Colorado Independent, reads in part:
In general, two types of state laws were violated laws requiring electors to represent districts where they reside and laws prohibiting dual-office holding. At least 16 Republican electors lived outside the congressional districts they represented, and approximately 34 Republican electors held dual offices.
Further, members of Congress have been told Republican electors in seven red states “lived in the wrong congressional districts and electors in 19 red states held dual-offices in violation of their state laws.”