Carroll Correll Jr., a Winchester attorney and Republican delegate to the party’s national convention next month, has filed a federal lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction allowing him to avoid casting a vote for Donald Trump. “Correll believes that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president of the United States and that voting for Donald Trump would therefore violate Correll’s conscience,” according to the lawsuit filed Friday. “Accordingly, Correll will not vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot, or any other ballot, at the national convention. He will cast his vote on the first ballot, and on any additional ballots, for a candidate whom he believes is fit to serve as president.”
Correll, chairman of the Winchester Republican Committee, filed the class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Richmond. In it, he lists several defendants including Attorney General Mark R. Herring; Edgardo Cortés, the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections; and James B. Alcorn, chairman of the State Board of Elections.
While his is the only name listed in court papers, the suit is filed on behalf of all delegates to both the GOP and Democratic Party conventions.
With less than a month to go before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump is facing a backlash from a group of delegates fighting to keep him from becoming the party’s nominee. These delegates are looking for ways to cast votes for whomever they want.
Correll, who did not respond to a request for comment Friday evening, says Virginia election laws bind him and the others to cast their convention votes for the winner of the state’s primary.