A new report by a bipartisan legal team claims that between 50-100 of the Electoral Votes cast for Donald Trump may have been ineligible votes.
The report was authored by “a national team of roughly 15 pro bono attorneys, law students, and legal assistants who represent no client or entity” and cites multiple state and federal laws, as well as provisions in the Constitution (from the amendment on the rules of the Electoral College) as justification for its claims.
And the team behind the report is non-partisan:
“We are non-partisan—Democrat, Republican, and Independent,” the summary stated. “We live in different parts of the country, urban and rural, Red states and Blue states.”
US Uncut explains:
The report claims that 16 of Trump’s 306 electors didn’t actually live in their Congressional District, violating state statutes on residency requirements for electors. An additional 34 more are listed as “dual office-holders,” meaning that those electors are current elected officials in states that bar officeholders from also being nominated to the Electoral College.
“In North Carolina, for instance, “NCGS 163-1(c) [a state law] states, ‘One presidential elector shall be nominated from each congressional district…’ Yet, we have voter registration cards showing that numerous North Carolina electors lived outside the congressional districts they represented,” the report read, accusing North Carolina of seating 7 illegitimate electors in the Electoral College, along with three from Texas, two from Arkansas, and one each from Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, and Oklahoma.
In the section detailing the states that improperly seated electors that were dual office holders, the report claimed that 12 Florida electors were found to have held dual offices, in addition to four electors from Georgia, four from Kansas and Texas each, three electors apiece from South Dakota and West Virginia, two apiece from Iowa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, and one each from Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Utah.
“Ironically, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has issued a number of Advisory Legal Opinions on dual-office holding, was a presidential elector,” the report said.
The report aims to spark conversation about the legitimacy of the electoral vote, but can only leave the fate of the election in the hands of congress, which means there isn’t much hope this will lead to anything. If congress ignores the meddling of the FBI Director and the President of Russia as factors in electing Donald Trump, what chance is there that illegal Electoral votes will have any meaning?