Colorado’s secretary of state on Wednesday announced the referral of elector Michael Baca to the state’s attorney general for investigation, after Baca defied his oath as an elector and voted for John Kasich, the former GOP presidential candidate and Ohio’s governor.
Baca, who took an oath to “vote for the candidate, and by separate ballot, the vice presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes in the preceding general election” in Colorado, was one of five electors nationwide that refused to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Two electors broke with tradition in refusing to vote for President-elect Donald Trump.
Baca, apparently intent on denying Trump the presidency, filed paperwork to create a fundraising group dubbed the “Hamilton Electors,” which sought to convince enough electors to defect from their parties to create a deadlock in the Electoral College and force Congress to decide the election.
Colorado is one of 30 states with laws binding their electors to keep with the popular vote of their state. According to a statement from the Colorado secretary of state, Baca could face misdemeanor charges.