“They’re investigating.” That’s what Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said this week about the state attorney general’s office and a probe into what happened during Colorado’s Electoral College vote last year— four months after it took place. On Dec. 19, 2016, during a traditional ceremony where the state’s nine national electors cast their official votes for president, one of them, Micheal Baca, did not cast his for Colorado’s popular vote-getter Hillary Clinton, and was stripped of his duties and replaced.
Four of Colorado’s nine electors— all of them Democrats— made headlines after Donald Trump’s election when they joined a national movement called the Hamilton Electors. The effort aimed to thwart Trump’s path to the White House through the Electoral College. The plan was to get enough electors nationwide to band together and vote for an alternate candidate— someone like Ohio Gov. John Kasich— and keep Trump from taking office.
To do so would would mean electors in 29 states would have had to violate state laws that require electors to vote for whichever candidate won their state’s popular vote. In Colorado that meant Clinton.