AG Coffman Offers to Work with Secretary of State to Evaluate Opportunities to Strengthen Colorado’s Election Laws
DENVER— Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman today announced that her office will not prosecute the faithless elector that attempted to disrupt Colorado’s 2016 presidential election process, and will instead focus on improving state statutes to thwart any future efforts to undermine the voters’ intent.
“My office has thoroughly investigated the circumstances surrounding this case,” said Attorney General Coffman. “While the faithless elector intentionally sought to disrupt the election process and override the will of Colorado’s voters, he ultimately was unsuccessful. Thanks to the preparation and swift action of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and attorneys from my office, Colorado’s voters were protected and their votes counted.
The decision not to prosecute wasn’t reached lightly, and I in no way condone the elector’s reckless conduct. However, I am exercising my prosecutorial discretion so the individual cannot use our court system as a taxpayer-funded platform to capture more headlines and further flout the law.
I have offered to work with Secretary Williams to evaluate options for strengthening Colorado’s election laws and procedures. Some of the potential solutions may include providing for the automatic disqualification of an elector and the immediate substitution of an alternate elector by operation of law, and voting for alternate electors at the same time as electors. I thank the Secretary for his leadership, passion and commitment to protecting our election process.”
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DateAugust 21st, 2017