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‘Free The Delegates’ Movement Earns Enough Signatures To Force Floor Vote

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh announced Monday she has enough signatures to force a floor vote on her measure that would free delegates from voting as instructed by their state, according to ABC News.

The rules committee for the Republican National Convention voted down the measure brought to the committee by Unruh. The measure seeks to unburden delegates from their state’s instructions, allowing them to “vote their conscience.”

The Never Trump groups Free the Delegates and Delegates Unbound announced early Monday they plan to assist delegates in voting against the presumptive Republican nominee even without the signatures. Unruh had until Monday to collect 28 signatures from members of the 112 rules committee.

Although a large majority opposed the bill, with only 15 voting for the measure, Unruh reasoned that it was fair an issue of such importance be decided by a floor vote. The documents provided by ABC indicate that Unruh was successful in her search.

Politico reported the signatures were submitted to the convention secretary in time, and are being processed. If the process is followed, there will be a floor vote allowing all delegates to vote on the bill. If the measure passed on the convention floor, it could mean that Donald Trump will not win the nomination on the first ballot.

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