Wash­ing­ton elec­tors lose bid to vote as they wish next week

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Valerie Richard­son

Two “faith­less elec­tors” from Wash­ing­ton state plan to file an ap­peal af­ter a judge re­jected their ef­fort to un­bind their bal­lots from the pop­u­lar vote as part of a long-shot cam­paign to up­end Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

U.S. District Court Judge James Ro­bart ruled late Wed­nes­day against the two Demo­cratic elec­tors, P. Bret Chi­afalo and Levi Guerra, who had sought an in­junc­tion against a state law re­quir­ing them to vote for the win­ner of Wash­ing­ton’s pop­u­lar vote, in this case Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The elec­tors ar­gued that the state law had a “chill­ing ef­fect” on their First Amend­ment rights, but the judge didn’t see it that way.

“The plain­tiffs vol­un­tar­ily chose to be­come pres­i­den­tial elec­tors and sub­jected them­selves to the rules and law of that po­si­tion,” the judge ruled.

Af­ter­ward, Mr. Chi­afalo told KOMOTV in Seattle that “there’s an ap­peal right around the cor­ner, and we’re still go­ing to keep fight­ing the good fight.”

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