That anti-Donald Trump delegate effort is starting to gain more steam…
One Republican delegate by the name of Carroll Correll has filed a class-action suit “on behalf himself and others similarly situated” attempting to challenge the rules that delegates are bound to candidates at the conventions and cannot vote their conscience.
This is the argument Correll is making in the lawsuit:
Correll, like many other Republicans, refuses to cast his first-ballot vote—or any other vote—for Virginia primary winner Donald Trump because Correll believes that Trump is unfit to serve as President of the United States. Yet, if he does not vote for Trump, he faces criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment. That is a clear violation of Correll’s and other delegates’ speech and associational rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Yes, First Amendment grounds are being invoked here.
He says that current Virginia laws require him to violate his conscience and he would very much not like to face criminal punishment because he can’t stomach Trump.
There’s been a lot of talk about a delegate coup due to how much many Republicans can’t bring themselves to vote for Trump. The RNC rules chair has assured whatever happens will be deliberative and fair.
You can read the suit here [PDF].
[h/t Bradd Jaffy]
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