Presidential electors in Alabama cast votes for Trump

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Alabama’s presidential electors meet today at noon to cast their votes today for President and Vice President of the United States.

The electoral votes for Alabama will go to President Donald Trump, based on the popular vote. Trump received 62.2% of the votes across the state, a total of more than 1.4 million votes. Biden received nearly 850,000 votes across the state.

In 32 states and the District of Columbia, laws require electors to vote for the popular-vote winner. The Supreme Court unanimously upheld this arrangement in July.

Electors almost always vote for the state winner anyway because they generally are devoted to their political parties. There’s no reason to expect any defections this year. Among prominent electors are Democrat Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

The voting is decidedly low tech, by paper ballot. Electors cast one vote each for president and vice president.

The Electoral College was the product of compromise during the drafting of the Constitution between those who favored electing the president by popular vote and those who opposed giving the people the power to directly choose their leader.

Biden won 306 electoral votes to 232 for Trump. It takes 270 votes to be elected.

Biden is to address the nation Monday night, after the electors have voted.

We will live stream the vote within this web story. Join us at noon to watch the live stream provided by the Alabama GOP.

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