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4th District Representative ready to cast Electoral College vote for Obama

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The election may be more than a month behind us but the Electoral College has yet to submit in their official votes.

Kennewick Democrat George Fearing was selected at the Democratic Caucus to represent District 4 in July. Monday at noon, Fearing and the 11 other Electors in Washington will officially vote for Barack Obama in Olympia. Fearing says it's more than just symbolic, because if the electoral college doesn't vote with the state, there is a $1,000 fine they would face.

He said that happened once in Washington state back in 1976, when the elector voted for Ronald Reagan instead of Gerald Ford.

In January, Fearing and his son will travel to Washington DC to attend the Presidential Inauguration and the Inaugural Ball on the 21st.

"I'm honored. I was honored to be selected by my congressional district, to be a member of the Electoral College and I will proudly go to Olympia and vote one of the electoral college votes for Barack Obama," Fearing said.

Fearing says although he's proud to be part of the country's 538-person Electoral College, he personally believes presidential elections should be based on popular vote. Currently each state and the District Of Colombia have at least three votes in the college, based on the state's number of representatives in Congress and the Senate.