Electoral College makes it official
December 17th, 2012
08:31 AM ET
10 years ago

Electoral College makes it official

(CNN) - Election Day has long since passed and President Barack Obama remains the country's pick for the White House, but Monday marks the day electors from every state meet to officially vote the incumbent into office.

November 6 saw Obama pass the electoral threshold of 270 – from a total of 538 votes - as ballots from Ohio rolled in, besting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Ultimately, Obama won 332 electoral votes, with 51% of the popular vote, to Romney's 207, with 47% of the popular vote.

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Under the U.S. Constitution, the president and vice president are elected indirectly by electors, who are elected by popular vote.

Electors meet in their respective state capitals on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December. Each state has electors equal to its representation in Congress.

Congressional districts in every state choose an elector to cast the official ballot of the region. In most states electors must pledge to vote for the candidate who receives the majority of the vote in their state.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I'm so glad that Chairman Romney will not be our next leader. Republicans can no longer be trusted when they tell what they believe in and stand for. Mitt Romney was simply the poster child for this new pattern of behavior. Look at what Republicans campaign on in 2010, and then what they tried to legislate in 2011 and 2012. The Gov. of Michigan spoke out strongly against anti-union legislation earlier this year, and now suddenly has complete change of heart during a lame duck session.

    December 17, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. Mitt Robme_DRAFT_DODGING, TAX_EVADING_Merchandise Discounted AT 47%

    Isn't it ironic that the 47% of Americans that Mitt Robme didn't care about, who are living off of the govt dole and dont pay taxes are the ones who voted for him?!!!

    47% did Mitt Robme in!!!.....and that's gonna be his legacy of a BLOWOUT DEFEAT!!!!......LOL

    December 17, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ultimately, Obama won 332 electoral votes, with 51% of the popular vote, to Romney's 207, with 47% of the popular vote.
    This is the time for Republicans to write this down, memorize it and take a picture so they can shut up once and for all about the election. You lost is a BIG, BIG way.
    Now we have more pressing problems to deal with, ie how to get automatic weapons out of people's hands so as to protect innocent lives.
    Maybe you all can start beating your drum about that, and send the NRA packing for a change.

    December 17, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Francisco Decastro

    And some people still had hope?

    December 17, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. rs

    Another TEA Party fantasy (that they could "stop" the EC with petitions) dies hard in reality. Next up, those seccession petitions the anti-American folks are promoting.

    December 17, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Gregory M. Newbold

    Journalists, you much heralded, vaunted, 1st Ammendement privaledges [you know, the foundation of your livlihood] are dependent on you uncovering & reporting the TRUTH and then speaking truth to power.

    The Repulican Party [certainly in Ohio and likely elsewhere] are seeking to circumvent the CONSTITUTION of the United States . . . that document they crow about their love for. In Ohio, they are seeking to manipulate the electoral grounrule that would have allowed ROMNEY to win the state even with the same vote totals. Romney got less votes and yet the GOP thinks it is intellectually honest to rigg things for him to have prevailed. Hey all you left leaning media types, how about it?

    December 17, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Yeah, it is finally official. I hope that those that doubt will put it away.

    December 17, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. Namephillip

    I personally believe the system needs to be revamped or done away with. In this system candidates focus only on a SMALL HANDFUL OF STATES,there's no need to do anything with the other 90%,or more, states. The system stinks and its time for a change.

    December 17, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. actionjacks7

    The American People are right most of the time. Mitt Romney proved he isn't Presidential by his own words.

    December 17, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |