Washington elector refuses to vote for Clinton in attempt to keep Trump out of White House

by: Essex Porter Updated:

Yet another member of Washington's Electoral College said she won't vote the way she pledged to.

It's an attempt to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

Nineteen-year-old Levi Guerra is a Democratic elector from the town of Warden in Grant County.

 “At this moment in history, we need to put America first. Shouldn't there be more that unites us than divides us?” she said.

She is the latest to join the group called Hamilton Electors.

“I promised those who elected me that I would do everything to ensure Trump would not become our president,” she said.

They want to persuade 37 Republican electors not to vote for Donald Trump. That would create an Electoral College tie.

Then the House of Representatives could select an establishment Republican like Mitt Romney or John Kasich.

“Every day that goes by, we get exponentially more communication from those want to know more, and we believe that in the next week at least double if not more electors coming out publicly,” said Bret Chiafalo. He’s an elector from Everett who co-founded Hamilton Electors with a Democratic elector from Colorado.

The electors take the name of founding father Alexander Hamilton, who said the Electoral College would have the information and discernment required to best select the president.

But Julia Minugh doesn't like the idea.

"I just don't think it is really fair if people have a choice of two people and then for them to come along and say, ‘No, we're going to pick someone else that you didn't even vote for,’ I don't believe that's right."

Both Chiafalo and Guerra signed affidavits promising to vote for the presidential candidate of their party. State law provides for a penalty of $1,000 if they don't.

But, so far, they said the Democratic Party hasn’t taken any action against them.

“I spoke to Jaxon Ravens last night, and he did not give any indication that he had any intention of removing us,” said Chiafalo.