Federal judge to Coloradans who tried to rebel in Electoral College duties: You can’t do that.

Polly Baca, Michael Baca and Robert Nemanich objected to the requirement that they vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the state’s popular vote in 2016.

CO elector Robert Nemanich speaks to the media at the Colorado Capitol. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Robert Nemanich speaks to the media at the Colorado Capitol. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

A federal appeals court judge has ruled that Colorado’s presidential electors must vote at the Electoral College for the winner of the state’s popular vote.

Denverite’s 16 most-read stories of 2016


What a year it’s been. In 2016, Denverites have seen everything from a new employment program for homeless people to the shutdown of beloved spaces, and even hateful acts and speech against minority communities.

For some perspective on it all, we rounded up the 16 most-read stories we published this year. We’ll be watching these storylines again in 2017 — along with the ones that got less love.

Disclaimer: The majority of these stories aren’t very positive. For that, you can turn to these delightful stories, a bunch of calming GIFs and photos of Denver’s top young pups and wise old dogs.

Outside groups spent millions to influence the outcome of Colorado legislative races

By Marianne Goodland, first published in the Colorado Independent

The top race for the state legislature in 2016, at least in terms of spending by the candidates, was the contest between Republican incumbent Sen. Laura Woods of Westminster and Democratic challenger and former state Sen. Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada.

The two spent a little more than $440,000 combined. Zenzinger won by just under 1,500 votes.

But that money is peanuts, I tell ya, it’s peanuts compared to what outside groups spent on TV ads, direct mail, internet ads, door hangers and phone banks to influence the outcome of the race.

Colorado’s electoral votes: Eight for Clinton initially, one not counted — and then replaced

Colorado’s nine electors voted in the governor’s office of the state capitol at noon today.

Colorado electors place their votes for president at the Colorado Capitol. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Celeste Landry takes an oath to replace Micheal Baca. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Amid cries of shame and calls for Secretary of State Wayne Williams to resign, Colorado’s electors cast eight electoral college votes for Hillary Clinton — and one that wasn’t accepted. That ninth elector, Micheal Baca, was replaced by Celeste Landry, of Boulder, who did cast a vote for Clinton.

The votes marked the end of a drawn-out showdown between the state’s Democratic electors and the state government. Colorado law requires that electors cast their ballots in accordance with the popular vote, and the electors wanted the freedom to vote otherwise in hopes of convincing some Republican electors to vote for someone other than Donald Trump.