Democrats are doing all they can to try to stop President Donald Trump from being re-elected.
And one of the ways is by tinkering with ability of people to actually vote for him.
First, the Colorado legislature voted to have their electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of how their citizens actually voted.
Now, Washington state is trying to block Trump off the ballot altogether.
Washington is completely controlled by Democrats, holding the trifecta – both houses of their legislature and the governorship.
From The Hill:
Washington’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would drop President Trump from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot until he releases his tax returns.
The bill, which advanced Tuesday to the state’s House of Representatives, according to CBS News, would require any candidate on the ballot for president in the state to release five years of tax returns before appearing in a general or primary election.
Senators voted by a 28-21 margin to approve the bill, according to CBS. The state’s attorney general and solicitor told lawmakers in a letter this week that the proposal likely was constitutional, but analysts expect the law if passed to be challenged in federal court.
While states generally have purview over elections, they can’t add to the qualifications of senators and congressional representatives as outlined in the Constitution. The question would be whether this would be considered as adding a qualification and whether it could apply to the President.
Republicans fought back against the measure saying that it was questionable to place such restrictions. “We’re on really risky ground when we’re trying to place conditions on a federal election,” said Sen. Hans Zeiger (R), according to CBS.
Washington isn’t the only state attempting to do this.
New Jersey and some dozen other states are also trying to do it, New Jersey’s effort is making its way through the legislature.