Unfuckingbelievable (boldface mine):
More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they did not live in the congressional districts they represented or held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders.
That stunning finding is among the conclusions of an extensive 1,000-plus page legal briefing prepared by a bipartisan nationwide legal team for members of Congress who are being urged to object to certifying the 2016 Electoral College results on Friday….
“Republicans like to talk all the time about people voting illegally,” Clayton continued. “We have a list of a bunch of Republicans that allegedly voted illegally in the Electoral College. Pam Bondi is the attorney general of the state of Florida and the Florida Constitution says that you cannot hold two offices. And she holds the office of Attorney General and she holds the office of federal elector in the Electoral College. That is a violation of the law. That is a violation of the Constitution. And the vote that she cast in this election is illegal.”
A joint congressional session is scheduled to ratify the 2016 Electoral College vote this Friday. While there have been calls to challenge that certification—including one women-led effort saying Trump’s victory is due to voter suppression targeting people of color—the analysis that scores of Trump electors were illegally seated, and the additional finding that most states won by Trump improperly filed their Electoral College “Certificates of Vote” with Congress, is unprecedented…
“Specifically, at least 16 electors lived outside the congressional districts they represented in violation of state statutory residency requirements, and at least 34 electors held dual offices, in direct violation of statutes prohibiting dual-office holding,” the briefing’s executive summary says, noting this violates two sections of the U.S. Constitution.
If Trump falls below 50% of 540 (270) electors, the House of Representatives must elect the president from the top three electoral college vote recipients: Trump, Clinton, and Colin Powell.
What’s ridiculous is that many thousands of Democrats were effectively disenfranchised due to tighter voting restrictions designed to reduce non-existent voting fraud. If we can dienfranchise a ninety year-old because she doesn’t have a driver’s license anymore, surely the Republican candidate–along with 31 states–can not fuck up voting procedures.
Call your representative, and politely ask them not to ratify the Electoral College results–it won’t stop Trump, but at least Congress will own his election as well. As importantly, it will make Republicans look even more ridiculous when they claim voter fraud.