Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes

by Jessie Hellmann | The Hill  |  published on June 25, 2016

A Virginia Republican delegate has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court Friday challenging a state law that requires delegates to the national convention to vote for the winner of the primary, in this case Donald Trump.

A Virginia law dictates that delegates vote for the candidate who wins the state primary, NBC News reported, although the Virginia Republican Party rules call for voting proportional to the primary results.

“The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees delegates to the Republican Party’s and Democratic Party’s national conventions the right to vote their conscience, free from government compulsion, when participating in the selection of their party’s presidential nominee,” the complaint reads.

“Nonetheless, Virginia law acts to strip them of that right, imposing criminal penalties on delegates who vote for anyone other than the primary winner on the first ballot at a national convention. That law cannot be sustained under the First Amendment or as a legitimate exercise of Virginia’s authority under the United States Constitution.”

  • justinwachin

    Did the people vote for this delegate in the primary or did they vote for a presidential candidate? A delegate should not have the right to ignore the wishes of the voters he represents. If the delegate is unable to vote in line with those he represents he should stay at home. If this clown votes contrary to the wishes of those he represents he should face criminal charges. In fact, the Virginia Republican Party should replace him with someone who will represent and vote according to the people’s wishes.

  • skHurricane

    Get rid of the delegates that can’t and won’t for Donald Trump. Preibus better nip this right now!!!!

  • Bobby Hopkins

    go ahead dumbass mtr fkrs give the election to killery.strupid bastards!

  • Abacrombee

    Why does anyone vote if the jerk we send to washington to present the peoples choice, doesn’t have to vote the way we tell them.

  • rightsright

    Slime, slime and more slime! Are you a Communist(used to be democrat) coming out in full force against” making America great again for everyone”, yes everyone, even you, oh ignorant Lemming?

  • Vangie Martinez

    What a bunch of babies and sore Losers. If this was the Democrat doing it No one would blink an eye, but, because The People are rising up and telling the Globalist, Elite, Establishment, Illuminati and GOP that we are not your Cattle and standing up to them they are convulsing, having the shakes and going through DT’S.

    • studi30

      Open your eyes numbnuts, BS Sanders is screaming the same thing against the Hildabeast. The Hildabeast has commandeered all the Super delegates.

  • ItsJo

    Have the delegates put it in Writing their vote WILL be for our Nominee, Trump..If they DON’T then REMOVE THEM NOW..DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THIS CONVENTION AND WE LOSE TO CRIMINAL HILLARY.

    No Surprises at this Convention, OR THEY will be SUED. Take Note Ryan, McConnell, Preibus…TAKE NOTE, AS WE WANT NO ‘CONVENTION SURPRISES.”

  • Owen Grant

    What did he do? Write his own 1st amendment. I just read it 3 times, and it says nothing about any nomation, or election process. 1st amendment is freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom th assemble and partition the government. That’s it folks, there is no more to it.

  • barbarafromnyc

    You think Virginia is gagging now – wait! Trump wants to take America back from the left. The Brits just took their nation back from the left – i.e. New World Order. While the markets will have hiccups until it all shakes out, the rest of the EU nations are likely to follow England’s lead. Italy and Greece have already said they are considering opting out. This is going to cause the New World Order/the elites/the left to throw up. Get ready to hose them down!!! You will see Trump’s numbers increase as time passes and everyone realizes how much harm the NWO has caused worldwide – FINALLY!!!!!!!!!

  • Luke

    This is just a case of a liar who claims to be a Rep but is just a left-wing wacko who thinks he is smarter than the voters, he should be removed with malice.

  • John E Strom Jr.

    There is NOTHING in the constitution (or second amendment thereof) that addresses this. The GOP, for all intent and purpose, is a private “club” and can have any rules they choose. The second amendment states that GOVERNMENT shall not abridge our freedom of speech but private orgsnizations can and do – ALL the time.

    • studi30

      Genius, the First Amendment says that. The Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms.

      • John E Strom Jr.

        Aside from your sarcasm, you’re right.

        • studi30

          Sorry, I have seen too many liberals posting that.

          • John E Strom Jr.

            studi30, I agree! No worries 🙂

  • Shaymamma8

    Don’t you just love it when those BS laws passed by republicans comes back to bite them in their collective asses!!??!! LMAO, hahahaha!!

    • Luke

      What do you mean, you sound delusional?

    • Retired

      RU from Va.

    • Peatro Giorgio

      Hey jack ass there nearly identical to the DNC Democrate party rules . The difference is demo-rats give each state more electorates=delegates an The demo-rats have the largest scam running known as super delegates. Who are there for the sole purpose of voting for the party Bosses desires.

      • Shaymamma8

        Peatro, you really need to go back to school and learn something before you respond to anything on the internet. Spelling and grammar is something you should have learned by the 7th grade!!

        • Peatro Giorgio

          Hey Jackass Prior to suggesting someone other then you return to school . You might wish to learn to speak read an write three languages as I do. Further more it is rather obvious you failed Civics 101. AS for spelling errors .Point to one ,with which wasn’t of purpose. Jackass

        • rightsright

          Content matters, critics not needed!

        • Bobby Hopkins

          hell with the grammer u get the point f head.

    • Bobby Hopkins

      fk off shamess!

    • studi30

      Those laws have been part of the Virginia Commonwealth for over two hundred years.

  • Rodney Steward

    I thought the delegates represented the people and voted like the majority voted! This is what makes U feel like your vote don’t mean sh$t, the people vote one way, and the delegates vote a totally different way, that sux!

    • John E Strom Jr.

      That “delegate” needs to be replaced. That way his “conscience” won’t be violated. What an ass. But beware of a liberal judge who decides to make mischief!

  • gf

    If this guy can’t vote for Donald J. Trump. Replace him, with an alternate delegate that will. Another, sour grapes, “Cruzer”. Get over it!

  • kathy diamond

    The governor is a Hilary FAN. This is bullshit

  • Mimi

    It’s simple – the voters are the ones who should “decide” – not the delegates – they should honor the voice of the people.

    • kathy diamond

      Mimi, You are 100% RIGHT Not sure who the hell these people think they are. They are there to make sure that what WE THE PEOPLE vote for is what WE THE PEOPLE get. Looks like Virginia needs a new Governor, one that shows them respect THIS GOVERNOR IS A HILLARY FAN

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