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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Electoral College Members Cast Presidential Ballots

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Sen. Costa, Electoral College Members Cast Presidential Ballots

Senator Jay Costa
Sen. Costa speaks to the Electorial College.
Sen. Costa Casting Vote
Sen. Costa casts his Electorial College ballot.
Inside the ornate chamber of the state House of Representatives in Harrisburg, state Sen. Jay Costa and 19 other electors from Pennsylvania participated in the Electoral College and cast their votes for president. 
Costa, who serves as the Democratic Leader of the Senate, said that he was “honored to be a part of history and participate in the process to elect Barack Obama to another term as President of the United States.
“This is a wonderful experience and it is an important part of our democracy.”
Costa (D-Allegheny) was one of the 538 Electoral College electors nationwide to cast their votes.
“I was privileged to be an elector and be a part of the Electoral College,” Costa said.  “The ceremony symbolizes that the power of our nation rests in the people and that our government is accountable to our citizens.”
The Electorial College
The Constitution established an electoral college as a compromise between direct popular election of the president and election by Congress. The method of selecting electors was left to the states.
The Congress determined the time of choosing the Electors and the day they are to cast their votes. The day is the same throughout the United States.
Congress has enacted legislation requiring that presidential elections (the selection of electors) occur on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November every four years. Electors gather to vote on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December.
The two houses of Congress convene to count the electoral ballots in early January.
Clifford Levine of the Pittsburgh law firm of Cohen and Grigsby
presides over the Electoral College.
Among the other electors who participated in the Electoral College were Costa’s state Senate colleague Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, Democratic chair of the Appropriations Committee, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, state Treasurer Rob McCord and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
Clifford Levine, an attorney with Cohen and Grigsby, a Pittsburgh law firm, presided over the session.  Attorney Levine was elected president of the Electoral College.
All 20 of Pennsylvania’s electoral votes were cast for President Obama because the president carried Pennsylvania by more than 300,000 votes.
Sen. Costa is pictured with Sen. Vincent Hughes, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Cliff Levine, President of Electorial College. Sen. Costa is pictured with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald , Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny)
Sen. Vincent Hughes, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Clifford Levine, President of Electorial College, are pictured with Sen. Costa.
Sen. Costa is pictured on the floor of the House of Representatives with Electors Rich Fitzgerald and House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny).
Sen. Jay Costa is pictured along with other Electoral College electors.  Costa is in the back row, third from the right
Electoral College Electors; Sen. Costa is in the back row, third from the right.
While the term Electoral College does not appear in the Constitution, Article II refers to electors.  The term Electoral College was initially referred to in federal law in 1845.  While the vast majority of electors abide by the will of the electorate of their states and cast their votes accordingly, on rare occasions some electors go “rogue” and vote for other candidates.  Two states do not have a winner-take-all system of apportioning electoral votes. 

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

THIS IS A SYSTEM GONE HAY WIRE. THIS SHOULD BE CHANGE BY A CONSTUTIONAL AMENDMENT. IT HAS A BECOME A TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE VOTING PUBLIC AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST. ONE WAY IS FOR EACH ELECTOR VOTE TO COUNT TOWARDS THE NEW PRESIDENT NOT WINNER TAKE ALL. THE PUBLICS VOICE NEEDS TO BE USED BETTER IN ELECTIONS , NOT JUST A FEW. WE HAVE ENDED UP IN A SOCEITY THAT HAS GONE HAY WIRE ALSO. CURRENT HISTORY SHOWS US WHY. ENOUGH SAID , FREDS DEAD.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a sore loser to me. you did everything possible to rig the election, and you lost. get over it and move on. funny how you want to cherry pick and use the Constitution to suit your beliefs.

Anonymous said...

WTF does "Fred's dead" mean anyhow? And what kind of moron keeps using it? Has there ever been an instance of an electoral college person in PA not voting for the winner? Also, when has PA ever voted, in the popular vote, different from the candidate whom the electoral college voted for as a whole? I agree, sounds like someone's candidate didn't win and now they want to change the system. The sooner we get these stupid teabaggers and evenr the Rs out, the better. They want to take America back alright..... back to 1813.

Anonymous said...

The electoral college count is mandated at the state level and has nothing to do with a change to the constitution. There are several states that actually count the electoral votes and assign them to a party as the votes are made. the rest of the states are a winner take all scenario, but either way, the majority of the popular vote in PA was in favor of the democrat as well as the electoral vote this time around.

Anonymous said...

i agree.