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Historic Meeting of the Fifty-Sixth Electoral College Convenes

Nina Mitchell Wells
Secretary of Stat

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Jon S. Corzine today joined Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, the state's chief election official, and other dignitaries from across the state for the fifty-sixth meeting of the Electoral College held at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton.

This historic occasion, as outlined in the United States Constitution, is the formal, technical process by which the nation selects the next president and vice president of the United States. There are a total of 538 electors within the 50 states and the District of Columbia, of which Senator Barack Obama (D) tallied 365 pledged electoral votes on Election Day to 173 for Senator John McCain (R). A minimum of 270 electoral votes, or a numerical majority, is required to be elected.

New Jersey's 15 presidential electors, pledged to the statewide winners on Election Day, cast their ballots for Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden for president and vice president, respectively.

 "At the same moment, in New Jersey and around the nation, electors are meeting in their respective state capitals to carry on a 219 year-old tradition respected around the globe," said Governor Corzine. "A record 3.91 million New Jerseyans voted in November and I believe this historic election has inspired the next generation of voters to participate in the democratic process for years to come."

In addition to remarks by Governor Corzine and Secretary Wells, highlights of the historic and formal proceedings included the official call to order by Joseph P. Cryan, chairman of New Jersey's Democratic Committee, remarks by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the announcement of election results and official roll call of electors by Robert Giles, director of the state's Division of Elections, and the installation of electors by the Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court, among others.

"For the fifty-sixth time in New Jersey's history, the College of Electors gathered in Trenton to serve the voice of the people, and choose the next president and vice president of the United States," noted Secretary Wells. "This process can easily be seen a mere formality, yet it's nothing short of extraordinary. It truly illustrates how original and unique our Constitution remains, and how the vision and foresight of our Founding Fathers endures."

The official results for the November 4 general election were certified by the New Jersey Board of Canvassers on December 2; results that witnessed 73 percent turnout (3,910,220) of the state's record 5,378,792 registered voters. The previous registration and turnout records were set in 2004, when 3,638,153 registered voters turned out for the general election.

Information on statewide election matter in New Jersey, including detailed elections results, can be found at www.NJElections.org.

To learn more about the diverse array of services and programs offered by the Department of State, visit www.state.nj.us/state.




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