- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge is rejecting a challenge to California’s requirement that Electoral College members vote for the statewide winner of the presidential election.

An attorney for elector Vinz Koller says the judge issued his decision following a hearing on Friday. The attorney, Melody Kramer, says U.S. District Court Judge Edward Davila did not find that Koller faced irreparable harm. Kramer says she plans to file an appeal.

Koller is the head of the Democratic Party in Monterey County, but he says he wants to cast his ballot for a compromise Republican such as Mitt Romney or John Kasich.

Koller is one of a handful of electors around the country pursuing a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump a majority when the Electoral College formally elects the president on Monday.

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