State representative resigns from Ohio’s Electoral College after legal status challenged

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - State Representative Christine Hagan resigned her position as one of the 18 members of Ohio's Electoral College rather than fight a lawsuit that challenged her legal right to be there.

Hagan, of Alliance, was summoned to the Stark County courthouse on Monday prior to the Electoral College vote in Columbus.

The suit, filed on behalf of two of her constituents, cites a 1948 Ohio Supreme Court ruling that says a person cannot hold two state offices at the same time.

The court ruled that because a member of the Electoral College is a state official, a state legislator would have to resign from their elected office in order to legally cast a vote.

In a Facebook post on Sunday Hagan said "it's unfortunate that the extreme left has engaged in what is the most obvious display of partisan and extreme political bullying that can occur."

Deborah Cain was one of the two people who agreed to file the suit.

"I didn't do this because I wanted to cause problems for this particular individual what I wanted to do is to have this state representative follow the state constitution.  She takes an oath to defend it and protect it," said Cain.

"I know somebody who sees this will think all she was trying to do was to get rid of a Trump elector, no. I was trying to make sure that the process and the integrity of the electoral vote in the state of Ohio was upheld," Cain told Fox 8 news.

Although Hagan did not vote on Monday, she did speak to the other members of the state's Electoral College.

"Today marks the historic culmination of the struggles of each person in this chamber, in this state, this nation have experienced either uniquely of collectively as we have all strived to make our nation great again. We are here today despite those seeking to unhinge the constitutional process that's tried and true," she began.

Cain, who is a Democrat, was a 2014 opponent of Hagan in a district race and was a former member of the Ohio School Board. She says she is not "extreme left."

Hagan was replaced on the panel by a Trump campaign official in Ohio. Her resignation from the Electoral College did not impact the outcome of Monday's vote.

"That's fine. If this person is replaced by the rules and regulations that are in place for this particular office to hold, that's fine, I don't have any problem," said Cain.

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