State's presidential electors vote for Obama/Biden ticket

News Release
Issued: December 17, 2012

OLYMPIA...Reflecting the wishes of the majority of Washington voters in November’s General Election, the 12 members of Washington’s Electoral College cast their votes Monday for the Democratic ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.

The state’s Electoral College voted in the State Reception Room of the Legislative Building in Olympia.

"The Electoral College is a key step in how America chooses its President and Vice President,” said Secretary of State Sam Reed, who presided over the voting. “While it lacks the attention and excitement of last November's popular election, the Electoral College vote carries the same impact." 

"I am honored to bear witness today to the election of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden," stated Gov. Chris Gregoire.  "This ceremony, as with Electoral College votes across the country, reflects our dedication to the democratic process and commitment to open and transparent government."

Each state has a number of electors equal to the number of senators and representatives it has in the U.S. Congress. Of Washington’s 12 presidential electors, one is from each of the state’s 10 congressional districts. Those 10 were selected at congressional district caucuses last May. The two at-large electors were chosen at the state Democratic Party convention in Seattle last June.

The 12 electors submitted by the state Democratic Party are:
1st District: Grifynn Clay of Snohomish;
2nd District: Dave Gossett of Mountlake Terrace;
3rd District: Kathleen Lawrence of Vancouver;
4th District: George Fearing of Kennewick;
5th District: Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley;
6th District: Gail Kirk of Tacoma;
7th District: Maria Ehsan of Seattle;
8th District: Elizabeth Satiacum of Olympia;
9th District: Georgia Spencer of Seattle; and
10th District: Harvey Brooks of University Place.
At-large electors are Heather Fralick of Shoreline and Alec Stephens of Seattle.     

Fralic was chosen by the electors as the presiding officer during the vote.

Dec. 17 was the date for electors to meet in each of the states to cast votes for president and vice president. In all states but two (Maine and Nebraska), the winner of the popular vote in that state wins all of the electoral votes in that state.

The document signed by the state’s 12 electors will be mailed to Vice President Biden’s office and the U.S. Archivist. On Jan. 6, Congress will convene in a joint session to count the votes cast by the Electoral College. Obama will be inaugurated as president Jan. 20 in a private swearing-in ceremony. Because the 2013 presidential Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday, the public inauguration ceremony will take place Jan. 21. 

Obama defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney 50.9 percent to 47.4 percent in the nationwide popular vote on Nov. 6. Obama is estimated to have amassed 332 electoral votes compared to Romney’s 206. Obama needed 270 electoral votes to win the presidential election.

Obama gathered 56.16 percent of the vote in Washington, received 1,755,396 votes. Romney and running mate Paul Ryan pulled in 1,290,670 votes (41.29 percent). 

For more information about the Electoral College process, open these links to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the National Archives and the State Elections Division.  

EAC:
http://www.eac.gov/assets/1/Documents/The%20Electoral%20College%20%28Jan.%202011%29.pdf

National Archives:
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/

Elections Division:
https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/Pages/electoral_college.aspx