Though deemed a formality, as President Barack Obama was re-elected on Nov. 6, Pennsylvania’s 57th Electoral College convened in Harrisburg on Monday to formally cast their votes for the president and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden.
While their votes are pledged to Obama and Biden, the 20 electors aren’t legally bound to follow suit. (Four years ago, there were 21 electors, but that number dropped as the commonwealth lost a Congressional seat in 2010.)
Among the local electors are Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, state Treasurer Robert M. McCord, state Democratic Party vice-chair Penny Gerber, attorney Mark L. Alderman, former state Rep. Joshua D. Shapiro, strategist Susan Golden Jacobson and Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
“I am honored to have been chosen by President Obama and Vice-President Biden’s team to cast my vote for them in the 57th Electoral College,” Bass said from Harrisburg on Monday. “It is an absolute privilege to go to Harrisburg to complete the final step of this election that guarantees our President four more years.”
Obama and Biden defeated Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan by 309,840 votes, in the November election, according to the latest numbers on the Department of State website.