Ohio elector steps down after lawsuit

A Republican elector in Ohio is stepping down from her post hours before the state’s Electoral College vote after a lawsuit questioning whether state lawmakers can serve as electors.  

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s campaign chose State Rep. Christina Hagan for its slate of electors long before the election. But after a weekend lawsuit, Hagan told The Columbus Dispatch she decided to step down to ensure Monday’s vote goes smoothly.  The lawsuit argues that the Ohio Constitution restricts members of the legislature from holding any presidential, state or local office and that the court considers presidential electors a state office. Ohio’s electors will pick a replacement for Hagan, according to the Dispatch, ahead of the noon meeting to vote.  ADVERTISEMENTOn her Facebook page, Hagan pointed the finger for the lawsuit at the “extreme left” for “the most obvious display of partisan and extreme political bullying that can occur,” according to the Dispatch.  She elaborated to the Dispatch in a subsequent text message about her decision.  
“I did not step down due to the liberal left’s lawsuit. I stepped down to ensure they did not slow the process of electing the president in any way,” she said.  “I am a firm believer that this is intended to be a peaceful transition regardless of their attempts to create excess hardships and havoc. I will be speaking today within the Senate Chamber to fellow supporters.”  The members of the Electoral College will meet across the country on Monday to cast their votes for president — while liberals have pushed for Republican electors to dump Donald Trump, only one Republican has publicly refused to vote for Trump.