Jack Arends wore a black beret, a bright blue tie and slammed his fist on the desk in front of him announcing that he was voting, faithfully, for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.
“I was happy to do my duty and rid our nation of a little dictator,” Washington state voter Mr. Arends said, his voice shaking. “I did it with enthusiasm and of my choice. I didn’t need a law to tell me I had to do this.
The moment became emotional when he announced that he was diagnosed with a terminal illness in November and that he hoped to be able to vote again on Monday.
“I was told that there was no more medical treatment that would help me, so it was important for me to do this one thing that I could do, while I still could,” Mr. Arends before breaking down to sob, eliciting applause as the body gathered in the capital building.
Although Mr Arends, one of the state’s 12 voters, criticized the Electoral College, saying it was ‘not great’, he stressed that he was determined to do his duty by submitting his vote. .
In 2016, three of Washington state’s Democratic voters became “infidels” and voted for Colin L. Powell, while a fourth Democratic voter voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American tribal chief, rather than for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate. , who had won the state.