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gentlemen. torres, executive deputy secretary of the commonwealth. it is my honor to welcome you to the 58th electoral college of the commonwealth of pennsylvania. all cell phones and all other electronic communication devices. at this time, would you please rise. i would like to present to you, the honorable pedro a cortez, secretary of the commonwealth. the honorable robert, deputy chief of staff to the governor of the commonwealth. the reverend canon davis w lovelace.
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the honorable thomas g saylor, chief justice of the supreme court of pennsylvania. and the temporary officers and members of the 58th electoral college of pennsylvania.
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please be seated. as secretary of the commonwealth, it is my honor to preside over this meeting until the electoral college has organized for the original -- traditional transaction of as provided in the constitution of the united states. it is your solemn responsibility to translate into a formal document for transition to the congress of the united dates the decision of the voters of the commonwealth of pennsylvania at the general election held november 8, 2016. this being the day and the hour appointed by the constitution and the laws of the united states and of the commonwealth theennsylvania who -- for
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duly chosen electors to meet and give their votes for president and vice president of the united states. the members of the electors of the electoral college of pennsylvania will come to order. as our young students lead us in the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegience] >> thank you pages. you pages. i now call upon the reverend canon lovelace and ask him to invoke god's blessings on these proceedings. let us pray.
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we give you thanks for this good land that we have received as our inheritance. toplay that we may continue be good stewards of all that has been entrusted to our care. as a nation, we have a history of sound government established by our founders for the sake of all food dwell in this land and the freedom to choose those who occupy leadership positions. at all levels of government. filled with wisdom those to whom we trust the leadership and authority that they might seek justice and peace for all people. be present now with the 58th electoral college, for the commonwealth of pennsylvania as a fulfill their constitutional duty in the election of the president and vice president the united states. coverage, to decide that which serves the welfare of all united states citizens. as citizens of
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these united states take seriously our responsibility to one another. well-being and ordering of the society of our own generation. and in all that we do, grant us grace to serve in honor your most holy name, we pray. all men. -- amen. >> thank you canon lovelace. please be seated. chief justice saylor, deputy chief of staff, hannah lovelace, distinguished electors and honored guests. as secretary of the commonwealth and temporary presiding officer of pennsylvania's 50 eighth electoral college, i welcome you to the chamber of the pennsylvania house of representatives. convene theor to electoral college in this
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remarkable setting. this is the third electoral college i have had the privilege to temporarily preside. today's proceedings remain consistent with the procedures followed with the first electoral college convened in pennsylvania 220 seven years ago. it is my belief that our commonwealth has one of the best electoral colleges ceremonies in the nation. before the end of the day, 530 electors around the country will cast their votes to select the president and vice president of the united states. waselectoral college established by the framers of our constitution in philadelphia as a compromise between those who advocated the election of the president and vice president by the states and those who supported appointment by congress. under our federal system, the people of the united states vote for a lectors who in turn vote
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for the president and vice president. the votes in you cast today will be certified and sent to the u.s. congress and the national archives. 2017, they will be counted along with those of the other 49 states and the district of columbia in front of a joint session of congress. with the 20th amendment of the u.s. constitution, the president-elect will be sworn in on january 20th, 2017. madison while arguing for the adoption of the united states constitution stated that we may define our republic to be a government which delivers and derives all of its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people and it is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period. today's electoral college proves
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once again that the citizens of the united states are able to establish their government wide choice. -- by choice. america's continuing history testifies to the viability of our grand experiment in self-governance. as we know, president abraham lincoln in his renowned gettysburg address stated that by theent of the people, people, for the people shall not perish from earth. we are still here today. today, the will of pennsylvania as expressed by the majority of the more than 6 million that is since that voted on the november 8 general election is in the hands of 20 numbers of the electoral college. commoninue to invest our faith in you come esteemed electors, that you will honor the voters, this commonwealth and our nation by adding a new chapter to america's story of
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free representative democracy under which we live. proceed with the appointment of temporary officers. the purpose of carrying on the business of this meeting, i will appoint, without objection, the honorable marian k schneider and the honorable peter speaks, deputy secretaries of the commerce -- of the commonwealth as deputy secretaries. as honorable jonathan marks, chief sergeant at arms. and the honorable michael commissioner of elections as assistant sergeant of arms. please be seeded. -- seated. the chair recognizes the honorable robert -- deputy chief of staff to the governor of the commonwealth of pennsylvania.
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mr. secretary, i have the honor to present communications in writing from his excellency the governor of the commonwealth. thank you. will readschneider the communications. >> pursuant to the laws of the i, tom wolfe, governor of the state of commonwealth of pennsylvania do hereby certify that, in accordance of the provisions of the pennsylvania election code, upon receiving the returns of the electors of the president of the united states and vice president of the united states from the election held november 8, 2016 as laid before me by the secretary of the commonwealth.
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i have ascertained that the following electors for donald trump and micheal r. pence. robert asher, michael downing, theodore christian, margaret ferraro, christopher gleason, robert gleason. joyce haas, ash khare, james mac elstina pickett, patricia poprik, andrew reilly, carol sides, gloria lee snover, richard stewart, lawrence tabas, christine toretti, carolyn sunny welsh, they have received 2,000,970,733.
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constituting the greatest number of votes for the persons voted for. they are therefore the person a duly elected and appointed electors of the president and vice president of the united states to meet at the seat of government in this commonwealth being in the city of harrisburg on the first monday after the second wednesday in december, being the 19th day of december, ad, 2016. where the respective terms prescribed by the constitution of the united states to begin on the 20th of january, a.d., 2017, and perform such duties as devolved upon them under the constitution and laws of the united states.
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signed, tom wolfe, governor. >> thank you. secretary schneider. a certificate of ascertainment will be printed in full under the journal of the proceedings of the electoral college. secretary speaks will call the role of electors. as your name is called. please rise in your place and answer, present. >> honorable robert asher. honorable mary barket. honorable robert bozzuto. honorable theodore christian. honorable michael downing. honorable margaret ferrero. honorable christopher gleason. honorable robert gleason. honorable joyce haas.
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honorable ash khare. honorable james mac rolling. honorable elstina pickett. honorable patricia popper. honorable andrew riley. honorable carol sides. honorable gloria "lee" snover. honorable richard stewart. honorable lawrence tagus. honorable christine toretti. honorable carolyn bunny welch. >> thank you, secretary speaks. 20 electors, having answered to their names, we shall proceed with the business of the 58th pennsylvania electoral college. we are pleased to have one of pennsylvania's distinguished jurors to administer the oath of office at this time. the honorable thomas g saylor, chief justice of the supreme court of pennsylvania.
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a bible or holy book has been supplied. the oath will now be administered. chief justice saylor? >> would you please place your left hand on the bible or holy book and raise your right hand? do you and each of you solemnly swear or affirm that you will support, obey and defend the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the commonwealth of pennsylvania? and that you will discharge the duties of your office with fidelity? so please say, i do. thank you. secretary? >> thank you chief justice saylor. please be seated.
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the next order of business is the election of the president of the electoral college. the chair recognizes the honorable richard stewart of cumberland county for the purpose of offering a resolution. >> thank you mr. secretary. resolved that the honorable robert a gleason jr. of cambria county be chosen president of this electoral college. >> thank you. mr. stewart? >> are there any other nominations? if not, nominations are closed. those in favor of the resolution
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will assent by saying aye. opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is adopted. the honorable robert a gleason jr. is a unanimous choice for president of this college. [applause] >> the chair requests the chief sergeant at arms to escort the president to the rostrum.
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the chair has the honor to present to you your president, the honorable robert a gleason junior of cambria county. [applause] >> thank you. chief justice saylor, secretary cortez, honorable electors, distinguished guests and governor wolf who will be joining us shortly. thank you for participating today. thank you to all who helped organize and execute today's event. and the governor for hosting us at his residence later this afternoon. we want to thank the electors for choosing me to serve as the president of this electoral college. it is an incredible honor that i will never forget. today, we walk through history together. pennsylvania has always had an important place in american history as the keystone state.
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future generations will remember this election as unconventional and fiercely competitive. in the end, history placed the commonwealth at the forefront as the election would be decided here. now, we sit in this magnificent, majestic house chamber as the first republican electors in pennsylvania since 1988. to give some perspective, our youngest elector was four years old at the time. we are just moments away from completing the electoral will of the people of pennsylvania and casting our ballots for the 45th president of the united states, donald trump and the 48th vice president of the united states, mike pence. when donald trump and mike pence are sworn in on january 20, they will be the president and vice
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president of all americans regardless of political affiliation or background. it is a good reminder that we serve as the peaceful assembly that will lead to another peaceful transfer of power between two rival political parties that continues to be the envy of the world. i know that donald trump and mike pence will be working to make america great again. for everyone. and they look up to each and everyone of us to help shape the future of our country. for me, this ceremony is the completion of a dream that is more than a decade old as a republican chairman. the hard work of volunteers, staff, party officials and two outstanding candidates who made this dream come true. my fellow electors, let us always remember this shared moment when we stood up for our constitutional system, followed our conscience, answer the call of pennsylvania voters, did our part by electing the next president and vice president of the united states, donald trump and mike pence. thank you and may god bless the united states of america.
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[applause] >> all right, the election of the vice president of the electoral college will now proceed. the chair recognizes the honorable mary barket from northampton county for the purposes of offering a resolution. >> thank you, mr. president. resolved that the honorable joyce haas of centre county be chosen vice president of this electoral college. >> thank you. >> are there any other nominations? if not, nominations are closed. those in favor of the resolution
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will give their assent by saying aye. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair request the assistance -- assistant sergeant of arms to assist the vice president to the rostrum. the chair has the honor to present to you your vice president, the honorable joyce haas of centre county. [applause] >> thank you, mr. president. good afternoon. i would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of
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the dignitaries and to the special guests. the importance of what we do here today cannot be overstated. in a few minutes, we will make the voices of pennsylvania voters heard loud and clear. when we cast our vote for the next president and vice president of the united states. donald trump and michael pence. as it has been previously stated, the road to this moment has been intense and competitive. however, just like with all elections in our great country, now is the time to come together and we will unite around our new president and vice president. the voters who have elected a team that has given hope to
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pennsylvanians from ambridge to wilkes-barre, we all have stories of people who became engaged in the political process because of donald trump. last week, we welcomed our president-elect and vice president-elect back to pennsylvania to thank us for our support. but now, as we cast these votes, our country takes one more step towards a new era. it will be an era filled with possibility and opportunity. for all americans. it will be an era in which men and women regain the pride and solace that comes with the family sustaining employment. and it will be an era in which our nation, once again, leaves
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-- leads the battle against the dangers facing freedom and our country and in our world today. my fellow electors, i am deeply humbled to have this chance to serve as vice president of the 58th electoral college and i thank you for that honor. may god bless you and may god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> thank you. the chair now recognizes the honorable gloria snover of northampton county for the purposes of offering a resolution. >> thank you, mr. president.
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resolved, that the honorable theodore christian of bucks county be appointed secretary of this electoral college. >> thank you. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent to by saying aye. the ayes have it. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair recognizes andrew reilly for the purposes of offering a resolution. >> thank you, mr. president. resolved that the honorable lawrence tagus of philadelphia county be appointed parliamentarian of this electoral college. >> thank you.
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those in favor of the resolution will give their sent by saying -- assent by saying i -- saying aye. the ayes have it. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair recognizes the assistant sergeant at arms to escort the secretary and parliamentarian to their chairs. the chair extends temporary
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officers the thanks of their colleagues for the able manner of their presiding during these proceedings. thank you. without objection, the college of electors will adopt the form proceedings of the 2012 electoral college of the commonwealth of pennsylvania insofar as it is applicable. hearing no objections, they are adopted. the 2016 electoral college of pennsylvania is now organized. and in keeping with tradition, will so advise the governor. without objection, the honorable ash khare of warren county and the honorable elstina pickett of bradford county to call upon his excellency, the governor of the commonwealth, to inform him that the 58th college of electors of the commonwealth of pennsylvania is organized and ready to receive any communication he may wish to make. and also to extend an invitation to him to address the college.
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the committee of escort will now proceed in the performance of its duties. the chair request the chief sergeant arms and committee to escort his excellency, the governor of the commonwealth of pennsylvania, to the house chamber. the governor is awaiting this call. he will be with us momentarily. the members will be at ease awaiting the committee waiting to escort the governor. at this time, while we are at ease, i would like to recognize the governor's cabinet who is here, we greatly appreciate you being here. secretary theresa osborne from the department of aging. secretary russell redding as the department of agriculture. secretary robin wiseman as the department of banking. chief of staff, mary eisenhower.
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secretary gary tennis for the department of drug and alcohol prevention. secretary patrick mcdonald, department of environmental protection. general counsel denise smiler. secretary kurt topper, department of general services. director marcus brown for the department of homeland security. commissioner teresa millard, department of insurance. secretary kathy mannarino, department of labor and industry. brigadier general anthony bareilly from the department of military affairs. physician general, dr. rachel levine. secretary elaine mcnulty. department of revenue. and the commissioner of the
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state police. i want to thank you for being here and also you, secretary. >> and i missed one.
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the director, richard flix, of fema. thank you for being here. everyone, please rise. the electors will come to order. members of the electoral college, his excellency, the governor of the commonwealth of pennsylvania, tom wolf. and the first lady, frances wolf. [applause] >> welcome, governor. >> thank you. please be seated. thank you very much for that nice introduction and thank you for being here. i want to thank the president, i want to thank the vice president of the electoral college, the officers of the college, and all
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of the electors for having me here today. i want to congratulate you all on your role on this historic day. i would also like to take a moment to thank secretary cortes, pedro cortes, and the department of state for the job that they did, once again. the employees and the staff of the department of state have done a really good job of hosting this election. during a season of scrutiny for the department of states across the nation, pennsylvania, once again, delivered a safe and secure and convenient voting experience or the people of -- for the people of pennsylvania. secretary cortes and his team are to be commended and thanked by all the people of pennsylvania, and could we give them a round of applause, please? secretary cortes and his
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team are to be commended and thanked by the people of pennsylvania. can we give them a round of applause? [applause] >> so today. today we are here to honor a tradition that is at the heart of our democracy. the selection of a president to lead our country for the next four years. it is a process of these full transition. the united states is unique around the world. it is special. we don't need armies, we don't need uprisings or violence to change our country leadership. all we need is 538 people in rooms just like this across the country. 57 times before today, once every four years stretching back to 1788 to the time of washington and adams and jefferson and hamilton, the presidential electors of pennsylvania have come together to vote and certify an act upon the will of the citizens of pennsylvania. today is the 58th such occasion
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where article two, section one of the constitution comes to life right here in this room. it is a truly humbling experience for me to witness. and you should all be honored to be here as well. electors of pennsylvania. through the actions you take today, they are historic. as prescribed by the constitution on the first monday after the second wednesday in december, we gather to follow through on the mandate given by the people on the first tuesday after the first monday in november. election day places power in the hands of those in this room. that is you. today, you will officially select the next president of the united states. you will follow the will of the people of pennsylvania. you should be honored to have taken part in this bit of history. you to savor the
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walk you take to the ballot box. enjoy it. know that you are performing an act that echoes back through the united states history. it is the same action that has been carried out by pennsylvania centuries.ntry for and brought to the american stage people like george washington, thomas jefferson, abraham lincoln, theodore roosevelt, franklin roosevelt, dwight eisenhower, john kennedy, ronald reagan and barack obama. it is a very important act. so congratulations on your participation and thank you, on behalf of all pennsylvania is for doing what you have done. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, governor -- we are grateful to you for honoring us with your presence today.
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him in the end for participating in the proceedings. the chair request the committee of escorts to accompany the governor to his chambers. please rise as the governor is escorted from these chambers. please be seated. we are ready to proceed with the balloting for president and vice president of the united states. the chair recognizes the honorable -- of indiana county for the purposes of the offering a resolution. >> thank you mr. president. result -- that the electors of the commonwealth of pennsylvania here assembled in the chamber of the house of representatives at the state capital in the city of harrisburg, pennsylvania, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the laws of the united states and the commonwealth of pennsylvania do now proceed to ballot for president of the united states.
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>> thank you. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair appoints the following five individuals to act as tellers of the electoral college. the honorable david urban as head teller. sweeney, the megan honorable chair requests that the assistant sergeant of arms assist the tellers to their seats.
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the chair directs the tellers to see that a ballot for the president of the united states is now distributed to each elect -- electoral. let us proceed down to the election of the president of the united states. each electors shell right on his or her ballot the name of the person for whom he or she votes for for the president of the united states.
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[silence] >> the ballot for vice president of the united states. the chair requests the electoral college to preside over the election of the vice president of united states. >> the chair recognizes the honorable robert asher of
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montgomery county for the purpose of offering a resolution. >> resolve that the electors of the commonwealth of pennsylvania here assembled with indie house of the chamber of the representatives at the state capitol in the city of inrisburg, pennsylvania, accordance with the provisions of the constitutions and the laws of the united states and the commonwealth of pennsylvania do now proceed to ballot for the vice president of the united states. >> thank you. thank you, mr. asher. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent.
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oppose, the ayes have it. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair directs the tellers to see that a ballot for the vice president of the united states is distributed to each elect tour. each elector shall write on his or her ballot the name of the person for whom she or he votes for the vice president of the for the vice president of the united states. >> thank you for conducting the election for the vice president of the united states. the chair directs the chief sergeant at arms to clear the ballot box.
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>> as the roll is called, each elector will come forward and deposit his or her ballot into the official ballot box for president and the vice president of the united states. the secretary will call the roll.
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>> the honorable robert gleason. the honorable joyce haas. the honorable lawrence tabis. the honorable robert asher. the honorable mary burket. the honorable robert bazudo. the honorable michael downing. the honorable margaret tomorrow. -- ferraro.
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the honorable christopher gleeson. the honorable ash carrick. the honorable james mackerlane. the honorable else stena pickett . pauper.rable patricia the honorable andrew riley. the honorable carol sides. the honorable gloria lee snover. the honorable richard stewart.
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the honorable christine turreti. the honorable carolyn bunnywealth. the honorable theodore christian. >> the chair directs the tellers to count the ballots. once the count is completed, the tellers prepare the written report and they will advise the college of the result. i want to thank our electors for being here today. the chair recognizes loretto llano, cody harbaugh, mike earp, luke bernstein, and joel dukas.
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>> the chair recognizes the head teller.
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[applause] [chanting] >> the chair directs the secretary to record that in the open meeting of this electoral college in the commonwealth of pennsylvania, the honorable david urban certified on behalf
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of the tellers that the vote for president of the united states was 20 votes for donald j trump and the vote for vice president of the united states was 20 votes for mike pence. [applause] >> the chair also thinks the tellers for the efficient performance of their duties. according to the law, it becomes our duty to certify the results. margaret ferraro, the purposes of offering a resolution. >> thank you, mr. resident. resolved that this certificate to vote for president and vice president of the united states be replaced on the table and signed by the electors. thank you. protest] nd
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>> 2.8 million! >> be it resolved that the certificate for the vote of president and vice president be placed on the table and signed by the electors. thank you, miss ferrero. those in favor of the resolution give their assent. the resolution is unanimously adopted. there are six advocates to be signed by the electors certifying the votes cast by them for president and vice president. the electors will come forward & in the way that your names are called. >> thank you, mr. president. the honorable robert gleason.
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the honorable joyce haas. the honorable lawrence tagus. the honorable robert asher.
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the honorable mary barkett. the honorable robert bazuto. the honorable michael downing. the honorable margaret ferrero.
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the honorable christopher gleeson. the honorable ash carrick. the honorable james mackerling. the honorable elstina pickett.
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poprick.able patricia andrew reilly. sides.orable carol
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the honorable gloria lee snover. the honorable richard stewart. the honorable christine toretti.
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the honorable carolyn bunny welsh. and the honorable theodore christian.
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>> and signed documents must now be directed to the appropriate authorities. -- for theecognizes purposes of offering a resolution. >> thank you, mr. president. resolved that the president appoint one elector to take charge and ensure that one package of all legally required documents is directed to the president of the senate of the united states in washington, d.c., by delivering them by registered mail. >> thank you. those in favor of the resolution assent by voting aye. assent by voting aye. those opposed, no.
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the ayes have it to the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair nominates robert bozzuto to deliver these documents to the president of the united states senate in accordance with the resolution. the package will be open with the other 49 states, the district of columbia on friday, january 6, 2017, in a joint session of the united states senate and united states house of representatives for the purpose of determining the national electoral vote for the president and vice president of the united states. in addition, the signed documents must be distributed for the purpose of maintaining the public record. the chair recognizes the honorable richard stewart of cumberland county with the purposes of offering a resolution. >> thank you, mr. president. resolved that the president or -- onee elect elector to take charge and
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ensure two packages of all legally required documents are directed to the secretary of the commonwealth of pennsylvania, one of which will be held subject to the order of the president of the senate of the united states, the other to be preserved by the secretary for one year and shall be a part of the public records of his office. that one package, each all legally required documents, is directed to the archivist of the united states in washington, d.c., and to the honorable christopher c connor, chief justice of the district court of the united states for the middle district of pennsylvania, by delivering through registered mail. be it further resolved a copy of this college be filed with the secretary of the commonwealth. >> thank you, mr. stewart. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent by saying aye. opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair appoints michael downing of cumberland county.
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the chair requested the electors reported an charge with the responsibility to seal and deliver all legally required documents meet here in the house chamber with the secretary of the commonwealth designee for further instructions as to their duties immediately following adjournment. the chair recognizes the honorable caroyln bunny welsh of chester county for the purposes of offering a resolution. >> thank you, mr. president. resolved that the president appoint two electors to settle the accounts and expenses of this college of electors. >> thank you, ms. welsh. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent by saying aye. the ayes have it. the resolution is unanimously adopted. the chair appoints christopher gleeson and the honorable james maca lane of chester county to settle the accounts and expenses of the electors. the chair now recognizes the
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honorable patricia poprik of bucks county. >> thank you. resolved that the secretary of the commonwealth be directed to have published in plan platform -- pamphlet form copies of the proceedings of the 58 college of electors of the commonwealth of pennsylvania and to be delivered to and distributed by the secretary of the commonwealth. >> thank you. those in favor of the resolution give their assent by voting aye. opposed, no. the ayes have it. the chair recognizes the the chair recognizes the honorable elstina pickett of bradford county.
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>> thank you, mr. president. as all that the appreciation of the electorate be extended to the secretary of the commonwealth, president, and other officers of the college of other stores, the pages, samuel, riley, kate went, mckenna, and othersa torres and all for the efficient and satisfactory performance of the duties of their appointment. be it further resolved the college of unlike doors extend -- the college of electors extend their sincere appreciation to the governor of the commonwealth for his participation in this proceeding. be it further resolved that the college of electors extend their series appreciation to the speaker of the house and the members of the pennsylvania house of representatives for allowing us to hold this historic meeting in this magnificent chamber. thank you, mr. speaker.
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>> thank you, ms. pickett. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent by saying aye. the resolution is unanimously adopted. we have come to the end of official proceedings. does the secretary have any announcements? >> [inaudible] >> thank you, mr. secretary. the chair recognizes the honorable ash khare we are worn -- warren county for the purposes of offering a resolution. >> resolved that the college of electors, having met in a chamber of the house of representatives that the state capital in the city of harrisburg, pennsylvania, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the laws of the united states and this commonwealth. having completed the business for which they were elected do stand adjourned upon the
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pronouncement of the benediction. thank you. >> thank you. those in favor of the resolution will give their assent by saying aye. opposed, no. the ayes have it. please rise for the benediction. >> let us ask god's blessing. god of the unchangeable power and might, we give you thanks for the blessing of this day and for all who serve faithfully in the name of this nation and this commonwealth and we pray your continual blessing upon all of us. we have many varied traditions and backgrounds, we pause to celebrate during these days of early winter. may we find encouragement and strength in the transforming love made known to us in a variety of ways. may our hearts be gladdened and filled with hope as we celebrate
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a new year, and may your upon us, oh god, be this day and guide is always, we pray. amen. >> the chair declares the 58th session of the other tour -- of the electoral college of pennsylvania adjourned. [applause. ofnow, the electorate illinois pronounces their voting . hillary clinton and tim kaine received the states 21 votes. afterwards, certificates were signed and those certificates now go to congress.
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>> good morning, presidential electors, and guests. the meeting of the 2016 presidential electors is now convened. the secretary of state, the honorable jesse white, proclaims this day, the 19th day of december of the year 2016 is the day fixed for convening the electors of the state to cast votes for president and vice president of the united states. all persons proclaimed by the state of illinois to be president and vice president electors are not requested to be in their seat. i ask all electors and guests to turn off cell phones and pagers at this time. please rise and join us for the pledge of allegiance.

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