DENVER (CBS4) – One of Colorado’s Electoral College representatives is working on an attempt to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency.
Micheal Baca of Colorado is one of four who are trying to persuade enough of their Republican electors to bail on President-elect Trump.
They are calling themselves “Moral Electors.”
“This is an American issue, and a moral imperative; someone without the requisite qualifiers should not be allowed to become our Chief Executive,” Baca said in a statement.
The four want just enough of their fellow electors to write in another candidate so they can block Trump.
“We are primarily looking for more moderate and responsible Republican candidates,” the statement read.
“Right now we are in discussions with many other electors of all political views and together are looking at any and all viable options to find and elect a President that will represent, support, and protect ALL of the American people and our laws.”
The pair acknowledge in an interview with Politico that they’re unlikely to succeed when the 538 electors meet at their respective state capitals on Dec. 19.
But, if they did, the decision on who would assume the presidency would be left up to the House of Representatives.
With no candidate receiving the necessary 270 electoral votes to win, the decision would be made by the House of Representative among the top three vote-getters; Trump, Hillary Clinton, and likely one of the write-in candidates.
“Our primary goal right now is to educate the public on what it means to be an Elector of the Electoral College and the great burden that we face,” Baca said.
Without the Electoral College, having won the popular vote like Vice President Al Gore in 2000, Clinton would’ve won the 2016 presidential election.
If all of the electors do vote in accordance of their state votes, Trump would exceed the 270-votes needed to become president.