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Kentucky’s Electoral College representatives officially cast votes

Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 11:19 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky’s eight electors officially voted for the president and vice president Monday.

The meeting of the Electoral College took place inside the state capital in Frankfort:

The eight electors met inside the state Senate chambers. Normally, they would meet in the Supreme Court chambers but, because of COVID-19 concerns and to maximize social distancing, they met in the Senate.

A lot of what took place inside the Senate chambers is very ceremonial, with the saying of the pledge of alliance, singing of My Old Kentucky Home, and then the eight electors casting their ballots.

The meeting of the Electoral College follows the constitutional requirements and every state is doing basically the same thing, the electors choosing the president and vice president.

The first Monday after the second Tuesday in December after the Presidential election, in accordance with the Constitution, sees a meeting of the electoral college.

Kentucky has eight electors and each of them voted to choose Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President. It’s a process that is much different than the popular vote that chooses other officeholders, but electors say it’s one they want to see continue.

“It’s worked so well for so long. The only people that want to get rid of the electoral process are from about four or five states that if we got rid of the electoral process, you might as well allow four or five states elect your president,” said Jack L. Richardson, 3rd district elector.

Secretary of State Michael Adams said on Friday that there were no problems with the presidential race in Kentucky. He said it was a clean and unquestionable election.

All the ballots will be mailed to Washington DC where Congress will meet on January 6 to count and certify the results.

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