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story.lead_photo.caption Judge Rhonda Wood swears in Electoral College member Rep. Jonathan Barnett Monday at the State Capitol. - Photo by Gavin Lesnick

— Arkansas' six Electoral College members formally cast their ballots for Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

The six Republicans who were chosen in July met Monday at 10 a.m. in the old Arkansas Supreme Court chamber in the state Capitol. In a ceremony that lasted about half an hour, the six electorates each cast their votes for Romney and Ryan.

Electors cast ballots for Mitt Romney

Arkansas' Electors on Monday cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. The Republican won Arkansas with 61 percent of the vote. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Romney won Arkansas with about 61 percent of the vote.

"Of course we would" rather be contributing to a Romney win, state Rep. Jonathan Barnett said afterward. "... [But] Arkansas doesn't get to make all of the decisions in this country, we just get to be a part of it. We're just honored to be able to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan."

Democratic President Barack Obama won re-election by garnering 332 of the 538 electoral votes nationwide. Obama also won the popular vote by more than three million votes.

Arkansas' electors are state Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb, state Rep. Jonathan Barnett of Siloam Springs, and Rita Hamilton of Bella Vista, Larry Bailey of Hot Springs, Robin Lundstrum of Elm Springs and Benny Speaks of Mountain Home.

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  • mhck52
    December 17, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.

    If they vote here, how do the votes get to D.C.? Don't the electors even get a trip to Washington out of this?

  • RBBrittain
    December 17, 2012 at 4:19 p.m.

    @mhck52: All 50 states' (and DC's) electors vote at home; as the National Archives' Electoral College page explains: "The Electoral College is a process, not a place." The votes are recorded on certificates, which go by registered mail to both the Senate and the National Archives, with backups kept in each state by both the Secretary of State and the local Federal District Court. The National Archives scans the certificates and posts them on its website (archives dot gov) as it receives them; Congress will officially count the votes Jan. 6.

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