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December 15, 2000
Media Advisory
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Electoral College to convene at 2 p.m. Monday, December 18th
Public is invited to attend ceremony in House Chamber

AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today that the Electoral College for the State of Maine will convene in the Maine House of Representatives Chamber at 2 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2000, to conduct the official balloting for the President and Vice President of the United States of America.  The balloting is a public proceeding and the press and public are invited to attend.  Several schools and other guests will be in attendance to witness the casting of the ballots by Maine’s electors.

The popular vote on November 7, 2000 determined who would be Maine’s four Presidential electors. The electors then convene and vote for the President and Vice President, once the election results are certified.  Two separate ballots will be cast for President and Vice President during the ceremony.  For an explanation of the mechanics of Maine’s Electoral College click here.

This year’s Presidential Electors in Maine are:

First District  - Joseph Mayo, Augusta
Second District - William Phillips, Bangor
At-Large  - Christopher W. Babbidge, Kennebunk
At-Large  - Dorothy Melanson, Falmouth

Electors of all 50 states will convene on December 18th to cast their ballots.  Each state will report its results to the President of the United States Senate, among other officials.  A majority of the 538 electors is required to become President and Vice President.