Lawsuit Being Filed Today Targets Ohio Elector

Dec 19, 2016

Christina Hagan

Ohio's members of the Electoral College will be gathering in Columbus today to vote for Donald Trump as the next president.

The Republican electors haven't heard of any plans to vote for anyone else, because the Trump campaign had a hand in selecting this year's electors and they all backed him in the November election.  
One GOP elector is the target of a lawsuit that will be filed by a Democratic attorney in Stark County this morning. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Elector Christina Hagan is a state representative from Alliance. And Cleveland attorney Subodh Chandra says no one can serve in a state and federal office at the same time. “This is a very clear, blatant violation of the Ohio Constitution, and Representative Hagan must not, should not betray her constituents by proceeding with an Electoral College vote.” But this has happened several times before – most recently four years ago, when House Minority Leader Tracy Heard of Columbus and Representative Chris Redfern, who chaired the Ohio Democratic Party then, were both electors. But Chandra says he thinks this is the first time an elector has been called on this issue. The lawsuit’s order asks to stop Hagan, but none of the other electors, from voting.