LULAC challenges Electoral College
Some local residents say their votes in the presidential election just don’t count anymore.
So, they’re suing the state to change how it chooses its delegates for the Electoral College.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Texas, along with two San Antonio voters says the current “winner-take-all” system of choosing electors in Texas and 47 other states violates their Constitutional rights.
“Every vote needs to be counted,” said LULAC attorney Luis Vera, Jr. “We have to do something. All we’re trying to do is take a little, bitty step towards getting something better than we have now.”
Vera says four lawsuits were filed simultaneously in the traditionally red states of Texas and South Carolina, and blue states Massachusetts and California. Vera said his group is getting pushback from both major political parties about the lawsuit. He contends it is because they’ve come to accept which states are red and blue, and which states are “swing” states.
Vera said, “The way it is right now, when I vote, it’s counted, only to be thrown away, because it means nothing. In California, if you vote Republican, it’s the same thing: it’s counted, only to be thrown away because it means nothing.”
The lawsuits do not challenge the electoral college system.
Instead, the minority voters listed as plaintiffs want to change how states allocate their electors.
In 2016 Donald Trump received 52 percent of the vote, and Hillary Clinton received 43 percent. In the winner-take-all system, all 38 electors were awarded to Trump.
“That’s why we’ve got to get to a system that’s closer to the popular vote. Otherwise, somebody going to get screwed somewhere.”
LULAC’s Texas-based lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio, just as Governor Greg Abbot was campaigning nearby. Abbott is named as the principal defendant, along with Secretary of State Roland Pablos. Abbott was unavailable for comment.
LULAC predicts the lawsuit will eventually be taken under consideration by the Supreme Court.