- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A so-called faithless elector has never decided the result of a presidential election, but it could happen this year.

Mrs. Clinton’s chances to hit 270 electoral votes could be foiled by Robert Satiacum, a Washington state Democratic elector who said last week that he would not cast his Electoral College vote for her no matter what.

“No, no, no on Hillary. Absolutely not. No way,” Mr. Satiacum, a member of Washington’s Puyallup Tribe who had supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, told the Seattle Times.

Another Washington state elector, Bret Chiafalo, also said he was considering exercising his right as a “conscientious elector” to withhold his vote for Mrs. Clinton.

He has a website, Conscientious Electors Project, which called on President Obama and the Democratic National Committee to adhere to several demands, including a halt to the Dakota Access pipeline.

“I have no specific plans, but I have not ruled out that possibility,” Mr. Chialalo told the Seattle Times.

If either one of the Washington state electors withheld their support at the Electoral College vote in December, Mrs. Clinton would fail to reach the 270-vote threshold and send the election to the House of Representatives.

The Conscientious Electors Projects includes “verified electors from multiple states,” according to the website.

Electors are expected to honor the outcome of the popular vote. In Washington, the penalty for refusing to do so is a fine of $1,000.

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