Georgia Public Broadcasting begins live coverage of Georgia’s electoral college vote today at noon. Watch it live here on Facebook. Click here
- All 16 electors, including Rome’s Wendy Davis, for Joseph Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president.
- The votes have been recorded for Biden and Harris, announces Stacey Abrams, who served as presiding officer of the meeting.
- Expanded coverage from GPB (which carried the vote live).
- From NBC News: The Electoral College cast its votes for president on Monday, officially electing Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. All 538 electors met in their respective states to cast their votes for president based on the election results that were recently certified by all 50 states and Washington, D.C. California’s 55 electoral votes pushed Biden over the 270 threshold needed to win.
Watch President-elect Joe Biden’s address to the nation following the electoral college completes the vote, making him America’s next commander-in-chief. What he said
From GPB: He delivered a clear rebuke to President Trump, who continues to challenge the results unsuccessfully. “In America, politicians don’t take power — people grant power to them,” Biden said.
“The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago. And we now know nothing — not even a pandemic — or an abuse of power — can extinguish that flame.”
Biden called on Americans to “turn the page” and focus on the “urgent work” of controlling the coronavirus pandemic and recovering the economy.
By Natalie Simms
Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis will make history on Monday as she heads to the State Capitol in Atlanta as one of Georgia’s 16 Democratic electors to the Electoral College to cast her vote for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. This will be the first time Georgia has voted for a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton won in 1992.
“It really is an honor. I can’t remember a time when someone from Northwest Georgia was an elector. If you look at the list of the 16 electors, it is a good representation of the state both in geography, demographics and ages…it is an interesting mix of people,” says Davis.
Click here to read the AJC report on the 16 Democratic electors.
Davis, who is also serving her third term on the Democratic National Committee, was selected by the Democratic Party of Georgia to serve as an elector earlier this Spring. The slate of 16 people was ratified by the party’s Executive Committee.
“It’s an honor to be selected and what’s so amazing is that I get to actually perform the job I was selected to do. It may only be an hour-long task to cast my vote but it took thousands of volunteers to pull out this narrow victory in Georgia. My name will now be a part of history…the enormity of that hasn’t hit me yet. I am certainly honored to represent this part of the state,” says Davis.
The Georgia electors will be voting on Monday at noon. The event will be live streamed and we will share that link when available. Electors in all other states across the country will also be voting on Monday. (We’ll have the link posted).
“The event will probably take an hour or so. I know there are lots of papers to sign, some going to Congress and in the historic record. We also have to take an oath beforehand,” she says. “But unfortunately, because of COVID, we can’t have a big party or celebration and that makes me sad. I, of course, will be delighted to be with the other 15 electors but I wish more of our Democratic Party family could be there to celebrate.”
Davis also served as a ‘super delegate’ for both the 2020 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.