Alaska's Electoral College
Casts Historical Votes
December 16, 2008
Alaska's Electoral College votes for president and vice-president
of the United States were cast Monday morning at Centennial Hall
in Juneau with unique historical significance to Alaska. U.S.
Senator John McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin received
Alaska's three electoral votes for president and vice president
respectively. "Never before has Alaska's governor run for
vice-president of the United States. And, never before have Alaska's
electors cast their electoral votes for their own governor. This
is truly a milestone," noted Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell,
who hosted the event. Governor Sarah Palin also attended.
Around the nation Monday, electoral
votes were cast by each state bringing the final national victory
to Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden for president and
Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution
specifies that electors representing the 50 states and the District
of Columbia make up our Electoral College. Alaska has three electors
coinciding with our two U.S. Senators and one U.S. Representative.
This year's electors from Alaska were Robert Brodie, Roy Burkhart,
and Hope Nelson.
In accordance with the Twelfth
Amendment, the electoral votes were sealed today and will be
transmitted to the president of the U.S. Senate who, on January
6, will open them and read them before both houses of Congress,
along with the electoral votes from the other 49 states and the
District of Columbia.
At Monday's ceremony, Lieutenant Governor Parnell also thanked
Alaska's elections workers saying, "We are grateful to the
professionals at the Division of Elections and the State Review
Board, as well as the many poll workers who maintain the integrity
of our elections." Alaska's elections security received
an independent third party review last year by the University
of Alaska. "The review determined that Alaska's election
system is among the most secure in the country, and it has a
number of safeguards other states are now adopting," the
lieutenant governor said.
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