Nearly six months after the Colorado statehouse became the unlikely stage for a dramatic attempt to deny Donald Trump the presidency, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is looking to prevent a repeat performance of last year’s Electoral College theatrics. A proposed policy change would require Colorado presidential electors to take an oath swearing to back the winner of the state’s popular vote or be replaced by someone who will. The rule parallels an emergency protocol adopted in December that was aimed at defusing a planned Electoral College revolt led in part by Colorado’s Democratic electors.
“People need to have confidence in the elections process,” Williams told The Denver Post in an interview this week. “Who cares about hacking the election if the elector can just do whatever they flipping feel like when the votes take place?”
The rule was a response to the national Hamilton Electors movement, which had sought to convince enough Republican electors to vote for someone other than Trump that it would prevent him from clearing the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed to win.