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Colorado electors strike a deal with Secretary of State

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has struck a deal with the members of the Electoral College who sued him for voter intimidation. The case revolves around last year's dramatic Electoral College vote. Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote in Colorado, but three electors wanted to vote for Republican John Kasich instead, as part of a failed nationwide effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency. Williams emphasized that electors were required by oath to vote for Clinton, but elector Michael Baca tried to vote for Kasich anyway. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman declined to prosecute Baca, and he recently joined two others, who wanted to go rogue but didn't, in their federal suit against Williams.

The deal struck on Oct. 25, according to a press release from the electors' attorney, Lawrence Lessig, means the plaintiffs will no longer name Williams personally or seek damages and attorneys' fees beyond a dollar. In exchange, the Secretary of State's Office will waive immunity. The move will allow the courts to decide more quickly whether the 538 members of the Electoral College have a constitutional right to vote their conscience.

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