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Protesters gather in Olympia ahead of Electoral College vote

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — More than 100 protesters gathered at the Capitol Monday ahead of a vote by the Electoral College, many carrying signs that read “Not My President” and “Love Trumps Hate.”

One protester was dressed like a giant Donald Trump, wearing a King’s crown. The electors meet at noon Monday in Olympia. Democrat Hillary Clinton won Washington state, which has 12 electoral votes. The Republican Trump won 306 electoral votes nationally to Clinton’s 232. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win.

A group called the Hamilton Electors has sought to block Trump by encouraging both Democratic and Republican electors in every state to unite behind an alternate Republican candidate.

The penalty in Washington state for so-called “faithless electors” is a $1,000 fine. Efforts by two Democratic electors from Washington state to avoid being fined if they ignore the results of the state’s popular vote were rejected by federal courts last week.