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15 December 2008

Georgia's Electors Cast Fifteen Votes For McCain/Palin

After nearly two years of campaigning, millions of dollars raised and scores of political ads, it only took Georgia's fifteen electors 42 minutes to fulfill the duties required of them by the United States Constitution.

In the state Senate chamber, a Latino, African-American, Asian-American and six women were among the Georgians who voted unanimously for Arizona Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be the next President and Vice President of the United States.

Unfortunately for Georgia Republicans, they cast their votes knowing that the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden would likely be declared the winners of the 2008 presidential election when Congress counts the votes in a joint session next January.

The meeting, which was presided over by the state Republican Party's general counsel Randy Evans, began promptly at noon as prescribed by state law. After the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, Gov. Perdue addressed the electors assembled thanking them for their efforts.

"I'm proud to be in a party that doesn't whine about stolen elections," Perdue said. We understand the other party got the most votes, and we want this administration to be successful because we want America to be successful."

Randy Evans, the presiding officer of the meeting, echoed Gov. Perdue's remarks while also thanking state GOP chair Sue Everhart for her work in successfully delivering Georgia's 15 electoral votes to the McCain/Palin ticket.

Each elector was given an commemorative pen which they used to sign several copies of the certificate of election. Afterwards, the electors adopted a series of motions making their actions legal before transmitting the vote to the President of the U.S. Senate, Dick Cheney.