With a prominent gay Democrat and gay Republican watching as spectators, D.C.’s three presidential electors voted Monday night for Hillary Clinton during a 15-minute meeting in a ceremonial room outside the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The electors — D.C. Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Anita Bonds (D-At-Large) and D.C. Shadow Rep. Franklin Garcia (D-At-Large) — cast their ballots for Clinton minutes before about a dozen protesters rose from their seats and called on them to abstain from voting.
Two of the protesters, who spoke softly and in a polite tone, said an abstention rather than a vote for Clinton would have been a gesture of no-confidence in what they called a faulty electoral process that will send Donald Trump to the White House after receiving nearly 3 million fewer popular votes than Clinton.
Bonds and Evans told the Washington Blade after the vote that they and Garcia were loyal Clinton supporters and had no plans to abstain or vote for another candidate. Several progressive groups had urged both Democratic and Republican electors throughout the country to vote for a compromise candidate in an attempt to block Trump from obtaining the required 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
Among those attending the D.C. electors’ meeting were gay Democratic activist and former Gertrude Stein Democratic Club president Kurt Vorndran and gay Republican activist and chair of the D.C. Republican Party Jose Cunningham.
“I’m here to watch history in the making,” said Cunningham, who remained neutral during the Republican primaries earlier this year.
Bowser, who joined D.C. Secretary Lauren Vaughn in certifying the votes cast by the electors, said she too was pleased that Clinton would be receiving D.C.s three electoral votes.