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For Immediate Release
December 13, 2004
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400


Electoral College Convenes in Augusta to Cast Ballots for President and Vice President of the United States

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Maine’s Electoral College convened Monday afternoon in the Maine House of Representatives to conduct the official balloting for President and Vice President of the United States. A number of students, educators and other citizens joined state officials to witness the proceedings. Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky oversaw the ceremony and called the Electoral College to order.

“The Electoral College brings citizens together for the formal casting of ballots for President and Vice President—based on the November election results. It’s a process that is often discussed and debated, and one that continues to fascinate voters and election experts alike,” Secretary Gwadosky commented. “I want to thank Maine’s four electors for serving in this special capacity, and acknowledge the many other individuals who helped to organize and carry out the Electoral College ceremony.”

The electors are required to convene on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December following the election and vote for the President and Vice President. Two separate ballots were cast for President and Vice President during the ceremony. Electors in all 50 states convened on Monday to conduct this process. This year’s Presidential Electors for the State of Maine are:

First District - Jill Duson, Portland
Second District - Samuel Shapiro, Waterville
At-Large - David Garrity, Portland
At-Large - Lu Bauer, Standish

The popular vote on November 2, 2004 determined Maine ’s four presidential electors. In the certified election results, John Kerry and John Edwards received the most votes statewide and the most votes in each of the Congressional Districts. An overview of Maine’s unique Electoral College process is available online on the Secretary of State’s website (www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2004/eleccoll.htm).