A man chosen as one of the electors for Washington State says even if Clinton does win his state, she’s not getting his electoral vote.
In a presidential election, the public votes for their preferred candidate in each state, but the election is officially decided by 538 electors nationwide, with 270 needed to win. The popular vote is supposed to receive all the state’s electoral votes in all but two states (Maine and Nebraska).
In Washington State, a $1,000 penalty applies for electors who vote against the popular vote of their state.
Robert Satiacum says he doesn’t care – he will pay the fine – but he’s not about to give his vote to Hillary Clinton.
Satiacum, 56, is a member of Washington’s Puyallup Tribe, and said he does not trust Clinton on tribal or environmental issues. He had earlier supported Bernie Sanders, and at one point considered stepping aside for an alternate elector. Now he’s hoping to prevent Clinton from being elected.
“I hope it comes down to a swing vote and it’s me,” Satiacum told the Seattle Times. “Good. She ain’t getting it. Maybe it’ll wake this country up.”
Satiacum was one of 12 peopled chosen as Democratic electors at Washington’s Democratic convention this year. The Puyallup Tribal Council said although they support his personal convictions, that he risks “dishonoring himself” by not fulfilling his duty to cast his electoral vote for the winner of Washington’s popular vote.
Satiacum said he could not face his six children and ten grandchildren if he cast his vote for Clinton.
He’s also critical of Donald Trump and is not sure yet what he’ll do with his vote, but he knows it’s not going to Clinton.
The Seattle Times reported that Satiacum has heard from a few other national Democratic electors who are considering following his lead.
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