02:33 GMT28 January 2020
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    Four Democratic electors in the US state of Washington rejected their party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, during voting in the Electoral College, local media reported.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Seattle Times newspaper reported Monday that three electors instead cast votes for Republican former secretary of state Colin Powell, while another elector voted for a Native American elder when the 12-member Washington delegation met in the state capital, Olympia.

    Under Washington law, an elector can be fined $1,000 for declining to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in the state.

    The protest does nothing to alter Trump’s path to victory in the November 8 election, with 306 electoral votes.

    All 538 Electoral College members met Monday in their respective state capitals to cast ballots for the next president. A minimum of 270 electoral votes are needed to win the US presidency.


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