Washington presidential elector joins anti-Trump movement

By custom the members of the Electoral College always support the candidate chosen by their home state’s voters. But this year a few have dissent on the mind
Washington presidential elector joins anti-Trump movement

04 December, 2016

Standing on the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday, Levi Guerra declared that she would join a handful of Electoral College members seeking to deny Donald Trump the presidency.

In Washington state alone, Guerra is the third electoral college member to become a "faithless elector".

"I promised those that elected me that I might do the whole lot I might to make sure Trump didn't grow to be our president".

But a growing number of electors are trying to get at least 40 Republican electors to not vote for the President-elect.

The Hamilton electors - also known as faithless electors - "are pledging to put America first and vote for a responsible Republican alternative who can unify our country", according to their website.

"Shouldn't there be more that unites us than divides us?" she said.

They want to persuade 37 Republican electors not to vote for Donald Trump.

However, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are among the group's top choices.

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The Department of State says certain information, including a list of Electoral College electors, is publicly available as part of the Pennsylvania Election Code.

Micheal Baca, the Colorado Democratic elector who filed the paperwork, said the money would be used for public relations as well as a legal defense fund.

Texas elector Art Sisneros was trying to do the honorable thing ("Trump opponents try to beat him at the Electoral College", Nov. 20).

Trump now has 306 electoral votes over Hillary Clinton's 232 votes.

The Hamilton electors argue they are morally obligated to prevent "an unfit man" from obtaining the presidency - a sentiment backed by the Constitution, they say.

State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, a member of Trump's campaign team in Washington, dismissed the effort by Chiafalo and Guerra.

Warren County's Ash Khare, one of Pennsylvania's 20 electors, said he has received more than 13,000 such emails since the November 8 election - including 1,000 on Thursday alone. Doug Ericksen, rebuked the Electoral College dissenters, calling the effort "irrelevant" and its supporters within the electoral system "a very small fringe element".

Washington state law includes a $1,000 fine for electors who don't honor the election results. "So we think we might just roll out a press conference with five Republicans".

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