NC electors unanimously vote Trump-Pence

Posted December 19, 2016

— The 15 members of the North Carolina Electoral College met Monday to confirm Donald Trump as the Tar Heel State's choice to be the 45th president of the United States.

"It’s our duty to carry the vote of the citizens of North Carolina," said Mark Delk, president of the state's Electoral College.

The outcome was no surprise, despite the efforts of those in opposition to sway some electors to change their vote. North Carolina's electors are all representatives of the party that wins the popular vote – in this case Republicans – and they are bound by law to vote for their party's candidate. An elector who varies can face a fine of up to $500.

At statehouses across the country, including in Raleigh, protestors greeted electors. About 100 people marched around the State Capitol chanting, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, GOP has got to go."

"We just want this country to be led in a direction that’s safe and equal and fair for everybody," said Aryn Banks. "I just don’t think that will happen under a Donald Trump leadership."

Elector Lee Green said she received thousands of emails and hundreds of letters from people trying to sway her vote.

"I feel like they’ve closed their minds off a little bit," she said. "I just wish they’d give President Trump a chance. If he does something wrong, I’ll be right out there with them protesting with them!"

Electors responded to the pressure Monday with a march of their own, from the North Carolina Museum of History to the State Capitol, carrying a sign that read, "Thank you President Elect Donald J. Trump" and singing "God Bless America."

Delk said, "I’m certainly glad they have the right to express their opinion. Unfortunately, it’s a little bit late for that."

Elector Donald Webb submitted Trump's name into consideration. His motion was quickly seconded by Charles Staley. "Our country needs new leadership and direction," Staley said.

The vote was unanimous: 15 votes in favor of Trump and his running mate, Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

As they signed their ballots, the electors were serenaded by the choir from Raleigh's Broughton High School.


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  • Anna Temple Dec 20, 6:55 a.m.
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    A Christian nation has spoken. Now in our humble gratitude let us begin the inequities.

  • Buster Brown Dec 19, 10:11 p.m.
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    Makes no difference what Podesta did with his emails. Safe to say that, yes, emails were traded between himself and Clinton. Its the idea that somehow the Russians hacked their servers and released the emails in an effort to discredit Clinton---as if the Russians themselves wrote those emails. They were written by Podesta and Clinton and others in the Clinton camp--they are the words of Clinton and her supporters. That the russians constructed those messages is just a tad on the silly side..

  • Byrd Ferguson Dec 19, 9:42 p.m.
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    Hurrah! The Clinton dynasty is over!

  • Craig Elliott Dec 19, 8:56 p.m.
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    Even if the Russians did attempt to affect the election via Wikileaks, it doesn't diminish in the least what the top tier Democrats said- their contempt for most Americans spoke for itself.

  • Pete Muller Dec 19, 5:48 p.m.
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    Mr. Brown. Do you think Pedesta forwarded his emails to Assange? The CIA is of the opinion that the RNC got hacked as well. Their findings are still classified. Information like that you will not find on a local news website, but it doesn't take much to read up on it.

  • Buster Brown Dec 19, 5:37 p.m.
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    Oh--you mean the emails skimmed from Podesta's and Clintons illegal servers? There is no argument that the emails were hacked, but remember, it was the DNC, Clinton and Podesta and others who WROTE those emails. So, how do the Russians fit into this scheme of fixing the election????

  • Pete Muller Dec 19, 5:01 p.m.
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    MJr. Clinton. Think about it for a moment. The task of the electors is not to automatically replicate the state's election results. Machines can do that. The electoral college is a check and balances institution to prevent a president rising to power who acts under the impact of a foreign power or shows signs of being a despot. Please see Federalist Papers for smoother wording. Can you exclude the influence of a foreign power when all our intelligence agencies are of the opinion that Russia influenced the election?

  • Teddy Fowler Dec 19, 4:53 p.m.
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    Alas the left has failed once again.... eventually they will learn..... won't they?

  • Matt Clinton Dec 19, 4:50 p.m.
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    Why should we see the end of it? Because a particular political party didn't get their way? Because a specific political party, not the government itself, was hacked by an as yet unrevealed entity due in no small part to its own carelessness? That its candidate actually didn't experience a net loss in support even after the story of the hack played out? Anything else you'd like to throw out with the baby and the bathwater?

  • Pete Muller Dec 19, 4:49 p.m.
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    The fringe out in full force. Expand your media horizon somewhat and you will find out that the leadership of the House and the Senate have called for an investigation into Russian influence on the pick of the president. While I also think that Trump is blatantly unfit to be president, he cannot even comprehend security briefings, I am more concerned that a foreign nation determines our governmental conduct in the US. That would create a crisis in our government last seen at Watergate and a Trump presidency of record short duration.