Texas Republican Presidential Elector Candidate Says, if Elected, He May Not Vote for Donald Trump

Chris Suprun, a Texas Republican candidate for presidential elector, says if elected in November, he may not vote for Donald Trump in December. See this Politico story. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.

This story, and similar stories, often point out that some states have laws telling presidential electors that they must vote for the presidential candidate they had said they would vote for. These stories never point out that these laws are unenforceable. A presidential elector has the constitutional right to help choose the President, regardless of any state law. A state may punish such an elector, but a state can’t tell him or her how to vote.

Three states say that presidential electors who are “faithless” are deemed to have resigned, and are instantly replaced by the other electors from that state. But if the entire state delegation casts “faithless” votes, that law won’t work, because then that state wouldn’t have any electors.

Tennessee Accepts Five Independent Presidential Petitions

The Tennessee Secretary of State says that five independent presidential petitions have enough valid signatures:

1. Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)
2. Jill Stein (Green Party)
3. Rocky De La Fuente (independent)
4. Alyson Kennedy (Socialist Workers Party)
5. Mike Smith (independent)

The Secretary of State seems to have rejected these six petitions:

1. Darrell Castle (Constitution Party)
2. James Germalic (independent)
3. Kyle Kopitke (independent)
4. David Limbaugh (independent)
5. Evan McMullin (Better for America)
6. Emidio Soltysik (Socialist Party)

Some of these results had already been announced. It is very surprising that Darrell Castle’s petition was rejected. It contained 500 signatures, and was circulated by motivated volunteers. Castle lives in Tennessee. He will be seeking to re-validate signatures. The Secretary of State has not yet released the data on the number of valid signatures for each of the rejected petitions.

Mike Smith lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Here is his web page.

Jim Hedges petitioned in Tennessee, and probably had enough valid signatures, but just before he submitted his petition, two of his presidential elector candidates changed their mind and said they would not serve, and they refused to sign the candidacy document.

Minnesota Republican Party Files Alternate Presidential Election Candidates Timely, but Broke its Own Bylaws in the Process

Minnesota election law requires qualified parties to file their presidential elector candidates, and an equal number of alternates, by August 29. The Republican Party has complied with this law. However, when it first nominated presidential elector candidates earlier this year, it forgot it was supposed to also nominate alternates. See this story.

When the party realized this, it called a meeting of the state committee, nominated alternates, and forwarded them to the Secretary of State by the legal deadline. However, the meeting that was called to choose alternates was in violation of the party bylaws, which say a 10-day notice is required for meetings. The party ignored that bylaw because of the time emergency. Thanks to Jeff Becker for the link.

Three Ballot-Qualified Parties in Oregon Likely to Skip Presidential Election

Oregon has eight qualified parties. It is likely that three of them won’t nominate anyone for President.

The Working Families Party generally nominates candidates who are also Democratic nominees, but the Working Families Party in Oregon does not expect to nominate Hillary Clinton or anyone else.

The Constitution Party of Oregon is in political disagreement with the national Constitution Party, and does not expect to nominate Darrell Castle or anyone else for President this year.

The Independent Party had its own private presidential primary, and no one got as much as 50%, so under its own bylaws, it can’t nominate anyone for President.

The other five parties are Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Progressive, and Republican. The Progressive Party nominated Jill Stein, so her name will be on the ballot as “Pacific Green, Progressive.”