Washington electors lose bid to vote as they wish next week
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.”