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Maryland's 10 electors vote for Hillary Clinton

Posted at 4:39 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 18:18:11-05
Maryland's 10 electors have voted for Hillary Clinton for president, as required by law because Clinton won the state.
 
Maryland's 10 Democratic electors gathered in the Maryland State House on Monday to officially vote.
 
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan gave opening remarks at the start of the ceremony. He certified the vote of the electors.
 
The ceremony was broadcast live online for the first time.
 
Clinton, a Democrat, won 60 percent of the Maryland vote.
 
She won the nation's popular vote by 2.6 million votes, but Republican President-elect Donald Trump is poised to win 306 of the 538 electoral votes under the state-by-state distribution of electors.

"I'm somewhat disappointed because I was really looking forward to having the first female president. Someone who is qualified, has the experience, the temperament to govern this great nation but you've got to respect democracy," said Salome Peters, one of the ten Maryland Electors.

The Electoral College dates back to America's first election in 1789. The idea may have stemmed from Maryland's old system of electing state senators.

"Alexander Hamilton and all the other founding fathers looked at Maryland's model as a blueprint for electing the chief executive of our nation," said Jared DeMarinis, the director of the Division of Candidacy & Campaign Finance with the Maryland State Board of Elections.

But the Electoral College is under fire once again. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, which is something her supporters say should determine the presidency.

"It definitely needs to be reviewed. It's disenfranchising for many people when one candidate wins by more than 2.8 million votes and is not president. And so, I think we should look at it and we should find a way to make sure we are not disenfranchising voters," said Courtney Watson, the president of the Electoral College for the State of Maryland.

One way to do that would be the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It's an agreement where the electors vote for whoever wins the overall popular vote in the country. Maryland was the first state to sign the compact into law in 2007.

"We were basically the first state to sign onto the compact as well, so we were leading the way for its original formation and maybe now even its amendments as well," DeMarinis said.

However, that proposal is still far from becoming a reality.

Next, the electoral votes will be sent to Vice President Joe Biden. On Jan. 6, during a joint session of Congress, all the votes will be counted and a winner declared.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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