Sen. Costa, Electoral College Members Cast Presidential Ballots
Sen. Costa speaks to the Electorial College.
Sen. Costa casts his Electorial College ballot.
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.
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.
Vincent Hughes, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Clifford
Levine, President of Electorial College, are pictured with Sen. Costa.
Costa is pictured on the floor of the House of Representatives with
Electors Rich Fitzgerald and House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody
|Electoral College Electors; Sen. Costa is in the back row, third from the right.|