Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
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Presidential Electors to Cast Ballots in Electoral College Proceedings Monday

AUGUSTA ? The electors for the federal offices of the President and Vice President of the United States will convene on Monday, Dec. 19 to cast their ballots, Secretary Dunlap announced Tuesday.

The convening of the Electoral College will begin at 2 p.m. in the House Chambers of the State of Maine Statehouse in Augusta. Maine?s presidential electors will cast their ballots during the ceremony, which will then be tallied and announced. The process is open to the public and a history of the Electoral College will be part of the proceedings.

In official voting results for the State of Maine, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and vice presidential nominee Timothy Kaine received 357,735 votes statewide, also winning Congressional District 1. Donald J. Trump and vice presidential nominee Michael Pence received 335,593 votes statewide, but won Congressional District 2. Thus, Maine voters chose three electors for Clinton and one elector for Trump. Maine is one of only two states in the union, along with Nebraska, that splits its electoral votes by Congressional District.

Maine?s presidential electors for Clinton are: Diane Denk (Congressional District 1), David Bright (at large) and Samuel Shapiro (at large). Maine?s presidential elector for Trump is Richard Bennett (Congressional District 2). Maine law is written with the expectation that electors will cast their ballots in accordance with the will of the voters, but does not prescribe penalties for faithless electors.