The Latest: Perjury charge for rogue Colorado elector?
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the meeting of the members of Colorado’s Electoral College (all times local):
A Colorado elector who refused to cast his vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton may face criminal charges.
Micheal Baca of Denver was one of nine electors from Colorado, which voted for Clinton Nov. 8.
The 24-year-old Democrat wore a t-shirt saying “Enough Is Enough” and refused to cast his ballot for Clinton. Moments before, Baca took an oath pledging to support the winner of Colorado’s popular vote.
Baca tried to organize a national effort to have electors vote for someone other than Republican President-elect Donald Trump. Baca was replaced from the panel after he voted for Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich, and Clinton received Colorado’s nine votes.
Colorado’s elections chief said after Baca’s removal that Baca could face perjury charges. But Secretary of State Wayne Williams said a prosecutor would decide later whether to bring charges, and Baca left the Capitol on his own.
Colorado’s nine Democratic electors have cast their votes for Hillary Clinton after one person was removed from the panel for voting for another candidate.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams said Micheal Baca would be removed from the panel after he voted for another candidate. He was replaced with another person who voted for Clinton, who won the election in Colorado.
Baca’s lawyer tried to prevent him from being dismissed and some people in the audience at the state Capitol booed the decision.
The vote was also delayed by a last minute fight over what oath electors had to take before casting their votes. The new oath makes it easier to charge anyone who doesn’t vote for the election winner with perjury.
About 100 shivering protesters have gathered on the steps of Colorado’s Capitol building in Denver. They’re hoping to persuade Colorado’s nine electors to join a long-shot bid to block Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
The sign-waving protesters in 25-degree weather Monday were examples of demonstrations in state capitols around the county protesting the Electoral College’s expected selection of Trump as the nation’s 45th president.
Democrat Hillary Clinton won Colorado. But some of Colorado’s nine electors have said they may join a protest effort to try to stop Trump from collecting the 270 electoral votes he needs to win. Analysts call the effort nearly impossible.
Colorado protesters are taking turns describing why they think Trump is unfit to be president. Some are calling him a sexual predators; others say the election was influenced by a foreign government.
Colorado’s nine electors are soon gathering in Denver to vote on the next president.
The 538 members of the Electoral College are meeting in their home states across the country on Monday. Colorado’s nine electors gather at Noon and are expected to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state on Nov. 8.
But Republican Donald Trump is poised to capture the presidency. He’s owed 306 electoral votes based on the states he won, more than the 270 needed to win the White House.
Two Colorado electors have talked of breaking with Colorado’s popular vote in a bid to block Trump. But a federal judge has refused to suspend a Colorado law requiring electors to vote for the presidential candidate who won the state.