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December 12, 2008
Alabama Holds Electoral College Meeting Monday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Electoral College meeting for the State of Alabama will be held Monday, December 15, 2008 at 12:00 noon in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol. Secretary of State Beth Chapman will moderate the meeting for the Electors to cast their votes for President and Vice President.

The laws of the State of Alabama and United States provide that the Electors of each State meet and give their votes for President and Vice President on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.

The nine Electors representing the State of Alabama were selected in accordance with the votes cast during the November 4, 2008 Presidential election.  Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin carried the State of Alabama, so the Electors pledged to their ticket will represent the State at the Electoral College meeting.

Alabama’s nine Electors are, in alphabetical order by last name: Les Barnett from Mobile County; Ralph A. Blythe, Tallapoosa County; Robert A. Cusanelli, Pickens County; Matthew Fridy, Shelby County, J. Elbert Peters, Madison County; Will Sellers, Montgomery County; W. Jack Stiefel, DeKalb County, Cam Ward, Shelby County, and James Eldon Wilson, Montgomery County.

Once the votes are cast, they will be canvassed and six Certificates of Votes will be distributed, each with a Certificate of Ascertainment reporting the number of votes received by each Elector on November 4, 2008.

One certificate goes to the President of the Senate to be opened in a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2009. Two sets go to National Archives and Records Administration, one filed for public inspection, and one set held subject to the order of the President of the Senate. One certificate is filed with the Chief Judge of the Federal Court District in which the Electors meet.  U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller is the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Alabama in which Montgomery is located. The remaining two certificates go to Secretary of State Beth Chapman, one filed for public inspection, and one held subject to the order of the President of the Senate.

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For more information, visit Secretary of State Jim Bennett’s Web Site:  http://www.sos.alabama.gov/