North Carolina’s Electoral College officially cast 15 ballots for Barack Obama for president and 15 ballots for Joe Biden for vice president.
It was the first time since 1976 that North Carolina voted for a Democrat for the nation’s highest two offices, a feat that didn’t go unnoticed by the Democrats gathered Monday in the Old House Chamber of the state Capitol.
“For 32 years, we as Democrats have waited for this opportunity,” said Linda Gunter of Cary, who was elected president of North Carolina’s Electoral College.
N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, whose office is charged with coordinating the Electoral College event, noted that this was the 55th meeting of the Electoral College in the state. She offered a bit of interesting trivia: North Carolina didn’t participate in the very first Electoral College in which George Washington was elected to his first term in office. It seems that since North Carolina was holding out on ratifying the Constitution until the Bill of Rights was included, the state wasn’t able to participate.
Marshall also remarked about the historical event that the nation was electing its first black president.
“It represents a proud history of citizens peacefully passing on presidential power from one administration to another,” she said.