Obama/Biden Receive MN’s 10 Electoral Votes
SAINT PAUL, Minn.―Minnesota’s 10 Electors, Monday, unanimously cast votes for Barack Obama and Joseph Biden for president and vice president in a ceremony held in the State Capitol Rotunda. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie presided over the ceremony of public balloting attended by Minnesota dignitaries, elected officials, and the public.
The ceremony included the U.S. Army St. Paul Recruiting Company Color Guard. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Brian Krohn, an Augsburg graduate and 2009 American Rhodes Scholar-elect. The national anthem was sung by Tom Tipton, and an invocation was offered by Rev. Peg Chemberlin, president-elect of the National Council of Churches, and executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches.
“It was a great civic opportunity for Minnesotans to come together to participate and witness American history in the making with the election of President Obama and Vice President Biden,” said Ritchie. “The elections of our 44 presidents to-date continue as a dynamic, constitutional process.”
Under the U.S. Constitution (Article 2, Sect. 1), Minnesota is provided 10 Electors, a number equal to Minnesota’s number of senators and representatives seated in the U.S. Congress. Minnesota currently has eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and two U.S. Senators.
Minnesota’s slate of 10 Electors from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party included: Arthur Anderson of Albert Lea; Bill Davis of Brooklyn Park; Jim Gremmels of Glenwood; Benjamin Gross of Eagan; David Lee of Minneapolis; Matt Little of Maplewood; Susan Kay Moravec of Shakopee; Al Patton of Sartell; Jackie Stevenson of Minnetonka; and Joan Wittman of Saint Paul.
The ceremony marks the 38th time the state’s Electors have cast votes for president. Minnesota Electors first cast ballots in 1860 when its four presidential and vice presidential votes were for Abraham Lincoln of Illinois and Hannibal Hamline of Maine, respectively.
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden will take their oaths of office for a four-year term beginning at noon on January 20, 2008.
(From Office of MN Sec. of State)