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Louisiana electors unanimously cast their votes for President Donald Trump

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Updated: Dec. 13, 2020 at 9:23 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Louisiana’s eight presidential electors gathered Monday, Dec. 14 in the Louisiana Senate chambers to cast their votes in the Electoral College for president.

The electors cast their votes for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. At 1,225,776 votes, it’s the largest total any candidate for any office has ever received in Louisiana, says the LAGOP.

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin hosted the meeting. Secretary Ardoin administered the oaths of office to the eight electors of the Republican Party prior to their official votes for president and vice president of the United States.

Louisiana’s eight electors include:

  • Vinson Serio, at large; Woody Jenkins, at large
  • Erik Skrmetta, 1st Congressional District
  • Bob Monti, 2nd Congressional District
  • Ross Little, 3rd Congressional District
  • Rodney Michael Collier, 4th Congressional District
  • Kay Kellogg Katz, 5th Congressional District
  • Beth A. Billings, 6th Congressional District.

The Electoral College, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, is a process that began as part of the original design of the United States Constitution.

The Founding Fathers established the Electoral College as a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by a popular voter. The people of the United States vote for the electors who then vote for president.

According to FOX 8 political analyst, Mike Sherman, what is usually a formality will be anything but in 2020 due to an unprecedented presidential election which saw President Trump refuse to concede even after Joe Biden was the announced the winner with a projected 306 electoral votes (only 270 are need to win).

“The electoral college vote is usually something that barely gets mentioned on the nightly news,” said Sherman.

“This year, all eyes are on the electoral college due to the past few weeks of election disputes and lawsuits, this is where president Joe Biden officially gets elected.”

Once the appointed electors cast their votes, any claims or legal challenges of voter fraud will lose what little merit they had.

“Once the electoral college votes, there should be no more questioning who the next president of the united states is,” said Sherman.

There have been cases of electors voting against their states winner, 10 in fact in the 2016 election, known as faithless electors.

But Sherman says it won’t be to a scale that would change the outcome.

“Across the country it’s state political parties that choose their own loyalists and senior officials to serve as electors,” said Sherman.

“It is a position of honor and prominence, but because it’s the parties picking, they’re always choosing loyalists which takes away the chance for any widespread disparity.”

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