By Tom Mustin

DENVER (CBS4) – There was plenty of drama at the Colorado state Capitol on Monday during the Electoral College vote.

Protesters shouted after Micheal Baca was replaced by another elector for refusing to cast his ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“I voted for John Kasich and Tim Kaine,” Baca told CSB4’s Tom Mustin.

Michael Baca during the vote (credit: CBS)

Micheal Baca during the vote (credit: CBS)

Under state law, the nine electors have to vote for the winning presidential candidate in Colorado. In this case it was Clinton.

A judge had recently overturned a lawsuit filed by two electors, including former Colorado Sen. Polly Baca, to change the law. It was all part of a long-shot effort nationwide to keep Donald Trump from collecting the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Polly Baca (no relation to Micheal Baca) says she supports her colleague’s decision.

Former Colorado Sen. Polly Baca (credit: CBS)

Former Colorado Sen. Polly Baca (credit: CBS)

“I think he had a right to vote as he intended according to his conscience,” Polly Baca said.

Eventually all eight electors and the replacement voted for Clinton. Secretary of State Wayne Williams says the failed suit should have ended the controversy.

“We are a nation of laws. Judges reviewed the claims, decisions. They made those decisions,” Williams said.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams (credit: CBS)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams (credit: CBS)

The vote had been delayed Monday after a judge denied a last-minute appeal regarding the wording of the oath.

Michael Baca could face charges.

“We’re going to wait and see if charges will be filed. At this point they have not been. He has not been arrested, ” Michael Baca’s attorney Jason Wesoky said.

After an unprecedented day following an unprecedented election, Williams says any further punishment is out of his hands.

Michael Baca after the vote (credit: CBS)

Micheal Baca after the vote (credit: CBS)

“Do you think Michael Baca should face prosecution?” asked Mustin.

“I think it’s appropriate for the (attorney general) to review that matter and make that decision,” Williams said. “I do think you should follow your oath and I’m disappointed he didn’t.”

Three million Coloradans voted in the presidential election — the most in state history.

Tom Mustin is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor. He has been with CBS4 since 2002, and is always looking for great story ideas. Connect with Tom on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @TomCBS4.

Comments (75)
  1. Fraud. He was supposed to vote the will of the people. He betrayed their trust for his own purposes.

  2. Don’t people understand law and responsibility?
    Jail and a fine for this lawbreaker!

  3. Since both the Colorado House and Senate are controlled by the Democrats, I doubt they will try to change the law to allow electors to vote for whom they wish, rather than the current law saying they have to vote for who won the state vote. This Republican didn’t want to vote for Hillary, but also didn’t want to vote for Trump.

  4. Ja Busse says:

    It is like analyzing why the dead horse finished last.

  5. Thomas Arney says:

    Baca is such a classy guy, trying to cast a high profile dissension Electoral College vote, in a fairly historical election, and he wears a yellow t-shirt? Honor the tradition and the venue, dress appropriately.

  6. Leo Rodolfo says:

    ” It was all part of a long-shot effort nationwide to keep Donald Trump from collecting the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.”

    That sentence right there epitomizes the difference between reporting and propaganda.


  7. Jill Stein gets recount, Trump’s lead in votes increases. Media push rogue electors, Hillary loses more electoral votes. HILARIOUS!!!

  8. Hillary had the most defector electors than any presidential candidate in more than 100 years. Makes sense, as she is the most cheated upon woman in American history. A total loser.

  9. Joe Schmoes says:

    So, let’s recap. A democrat elector tries to vote for John Kasich, but that is somehow reported as part of an attempt to keep Donald Trump out of the White House? Huh??? Who the heck reports such falsehoods? They’re delusional. This Colorado caper was strictly all democrat and had nothing to do with Donald Trump.

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