Denver protest as electors meet to vote
December 19, 2016
DENVER — 10 a.m.
About 100 shivering protesters have gathered on the steps of Colorado’s Capitol building in Denver. They’re hoping to persuade Colorado’s nine electors to join a long-shot bid to block Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
The sign-waving protesters in 25-degree weather Monday were examples of demonstrations in state capitols around the county protesting the Electoral College’s expected selection of Trump as the nation’s 45th president.
Democrat Hillary Clinton won Colorado. But some of Colorado’s nine electors have said they may join a protest effort to try to stop Trump from collecting the 270 electoral votes he needs to win. Analysts call the effort nearly impossible.
Colorado protesters are taking turns describing why they think Trump is unfit to be president. Some are calling him a sexual predators; others say the election was influenced by a foreign government.
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Colorado’s nine electors are soon gathering in Denver to vote on the next president.
The 538 members of the Electoral College are meeting in their home states across the country on Monday. Colorado’s nine electors gather at Noon and are expected to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state on Nov. 8.
But Republican Donald Trump is poised to capture the presidency. He’s owed 306 electoral votes based on the states he won, more than the 270 needed to win the White House.
Two Colorado electors have talked of breaking with Colorado’s popular vote in a bid to block Trump. But a federal judge has refused to suspend a Colorado law requiring electors to vote for the presidential candidate who won the state.