One of Virginia's delegates to the Republican National Convention has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention next month.
The delegate, Carroll Correll Jr. of Winchester, Virginia, argues in the suit that being forced to vote against his conscience is a violation of his constitutional rights. Correll says he will not vote for Trump because he believes the billionaire businessman is unfit to serve as president.
Correll's suit maintains that state law imposes criminal penalties on delegates who don't vote on the first ballot for the winner of the state's Republican and Democratic primaries. Trump won Virginia's Republican primary while Hillary Clinton won the Democratic contest.
Correll filed the suit Friday in federal court in Richmond. He seeks a judgment on behalf of all delegates to the Republican and Democratic conventions.
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