Four of Washington's Democratic Electors broke their pledges to represent the state's popular vote and, instead, cast their electoral votes for candidates other than Hillary Clinton.

Three electors voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, as a Republican compromise candidate, as part of a national effort urging Republican electors nationwide to do the same.

"Even if we’re the only people in the country who did it, we feel very strongly about it. We feel like we did the right thing," said Bret Chiafalo, co-founder of the 'Hamilton Electors' movement.

His group is named after Alexander Hamilton's writings on the electoral college in the Federalist Papers.

"We looked at the Constitution, looked at what the founding fathers said, and we did what we believed they wanted us to do," Chiafalo continued.

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Electors Levi Guerra and Esther John also voted for Powell.

"He’s so well-respected on both sides of the aisle, and he’s so sane. It seemed it would be important to have a compromise candidate who has that type of stability," said John, who told KING 5 she made the decision Monday morning.

A fourth elector, Robert Satiacum, voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, an elder in the Yankton Dakota tribe, along with fellow Native American activist Winona LaDuke. Both have been on the front lines at the Standing Rock protest.

"Those people are connected," said Satiacum, following the vote. "They have values...they have tradition. That’s what we need right now. People with an owner’s manual of Earth."

Satiacum was the first Washington elector who indicated he wouldn't vote for Clinton and Kaine, even before Election Day.

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The VP picks by the faithless electors included LaDuke and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Maria Cantwell and Susan Collins.

The eight other Washington Electors voted for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, as pledged to the State Democratic Party.

"To violate that trust, that word you made the voters is unconscionable," said Elector Chris Porter of the other electors' decision to cast protest votes.

All electors were allowed to give brief remarks following their vote.

"As you can see from my bald head, I have cancer. It’s terminal. I’m not likely to see the next presidential election," said Elector Elizabeth Caldwell. "I’m proud to cast my vote for the first woman to receive presidential elector votes."

"I stand here today, representative of American Muslims who have been severely impacted by this election, and who do have hopes and dreams for the betterment of our future," said Varisha Khan, a UW student and the states' only Muslim presidential elector.

Outside the electors meeting, more than 400 people demonstrated out of support of the Hamilton Electors movement. One protester was dressed like a giant Donald Trump, wearing a King's crown.

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.

As of Monday afternoon, the Secretary of State's Office indicated it was working with the State Attorney General's Office and would pursue the civil penalties.

Earlier Reporting:

What's happening nationwide so far, according to The Hill reporters, who are tracking the vote nationwide.

P. Bret Chiafalo told KING 5 Monday morning prior to the vote that he would likely vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Watch: Interview with elector P. Bret Chiafalo

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The Associated Press and KING 5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.