SECRETARY OF THE STATE SEALS VOTE OF CONNECTICUT’S SEVEN ELECTORS FOR DEMOCRATS BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
HARTFORD: Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today presided over the historic Electoral College vote in which Connecticut’s 7 Electors cast ballots for Democrats Barack Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President – making the re-election of this country’s first ever African-American President official. The Electoral College vote was held in the State Senate Chambers at the State Capitol in Hartford at noon and was attended by more than 100 students and other guests.
According to the U.S. Constitution, each state is awarded a number of electoral votes equal to its total number of representatives in Congress. With 2 U.S. Senators and 5 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut is awarded 7 Electoral votes. A slate of 7 Electors from Connecticut were actually chosen by their political party and then elected by voters on November 6, 2012. With a result of 905,083 votes to 634,892 votes, Connecticut voters chose to elect the Democratic Party Electors who had pledged to cast ballots for the Obama/Biden ticket.
The Electors cast their ballots for President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden during a brief noontime ceremony in the Senate Chambers broadcast live on CTN with musical accompaniment provided by the Madrigal Singers of New Britain High School. The ballots were then wax sealed staff of the Secretary of the State’s office so they can be delivered to Congress, where a joint session of the House and Senate will take place on January 6, 2013 to officially count the ballots from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Vice President Joe Biden will preside over that special joint session of Congress.
President Barack Obama defeated Republican candidate former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts by a total of 336 to 202 Electoral votes and will be sworn into office for another four-year term as the 44th President of the United States on Sunday January 20, 2013.
Connecticut’s 7 Electors are: Jim Ezzes (Westport), Carmen Colon (Bridgeport), Jaqueline James (New Haven), Jason Jakubowski (West Hartford), Larry Pleasant (Bloomfield), Ronald Schurin (Mansfield), Mildred Torres-Ferguson (Meriden)