Official Presidential Vote Cast During Brief Ceremony Monday

Electoral Vote Ceremony December 17, 2012 (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Governor,  Lt.  Governor and Attorney General made the state’s Presidential votes official yesterday as the three cast South Dakota’s electoral votes during a brief ceremony at the Capitol.  Though the nation has known the outcome of the election for more than a month, the tradition of casting the official Electoral College ballots still needed to be completed.  South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Lt. Governor Matt Michels and Attorney General Marty Jackley met at noon yesterday in the Governor’s reception room to sign the Certificate of Vote and Certificate of Ascertainment to make the state’s electoral votes official.  Their signatures were witnessed by Secretary of State Jason Gant-who applied the state seal and signed the documents.  The U.S. Constitution requires that electors in each state meet on a certain date and time to select the President and Vice President of the United States.  Governor Dennis Daugaard discusses the process:

Now that the election process is complete, he hopes that the President and Congress put aside the campaign rhetoric and take care of the nation’s pressing issues.

The state’s election results were verified by the State Board of Canvassers on November 13.  Voters in South Dakota gave Republican Mitt Romney at least 65,000 more votes than President Barack Obama.  Obama won the national race by the Electoral College total.

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