November 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm #24606VitalogyParticipant
Two Democratic electors from the state of Washington are considering bucking tradition and refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton, even if the nominee wins the popular vote in the state on Nov. 8.
One — a man named Robert Satiacum, who is a member of Washington’s Puyallup tribe — has promised that he will absolutely not be casting his ballot for Clinton, telling the Associated Press in an interview that “she will not get my vote, period.”
“She doesn’t care about my land or my air or my fire or my water,” Satiacum, a Bernie Sanders supporter, said of Clinton.
The Puyallup tribe, according to the Seattle Times, is one of the state’s largest contributors to Clinton’s presidential campaign, and the Democratic candidate even visited the Puyallup reservation back in March, just before the state’s primary caucuses.
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Washington state has 12 Democratic electors, and while it’s rare for “faithless electors,” as they’re called, to make much of a difference in the general election, the tight national race is amping up pressure for both campaigns in their mad scramble for votes. One candidate must get a majority of the 538 Electoral College votes – at least 270 — in order to win the presidential election.
Come Nov. 8, another Democratic elector from Washington, Bret Chiafalo, told the Seattle Times he isn’t yet sure what he’ll do.
Chiafalo is still considering being a “conscientious elector” and ignoring the result of his state’s popular vote.
“I have no specific plans, but I have not ruled out that possibility,” he said.
Electors are not legally bound to vote for their party’s nominee in several states, though they can face a penalty if they go down a different path. In Washington, faithless electors would be fined $1,000.November 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm #24607paulwalkerParticipant
I don’t think this will make much difference. Is this the same Satiacum family that provided Bob Satiacum who was charged with murder and child abuse? He is long gone but was a Puyallup tribal leader.November 6, 2016 at 9:34 pm #24614ChicoParticipant
The Satiacum family of course very well known around the NW for celegrity fishing protests (including Jane Fonda and Marlon Brando) leading to the famous (or infamous, YRMV) Boldt Decision.
They are definitely related, but I cannot find yet how they are…one online reference says they are uncle/nephew. In any case, the Tribe gave Hillary like 400K in contributions, while Bobby is a pissed off Bernie bro. I see more than 600 comments, almost all basically calling this guy a jackass, in the Seattle Times comments section for this story. I cannot WIAT for the shitstorm should the election be so close as to have this guy make a difference. Hopefully it won’t come to that.
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