By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT –Kentucky joined the 49 other states and the District of Columbia Monday in holding voting ceremonies for their members of the Electoral College.
As expected, all eight Kentucky electors, chosen by the state Republican Party, sided with their party nominees, Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for vice president, in a Capitol ceremony in the Kentucky Supreme Court chamber.
Romney and Ryan easily outdistanced Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in Kentucky last month to win the Bluegrass State’s electoral votes but failed to gain at least 270 electoral votes nationally to win the office for a four-year term.
The U.S. Congress will count all the electoral votes on Jan. 6 in the official procedure of electing the president and vice president of the United States.
The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress the state has. Kentucky has six eight U.S. representatives and two U.S. senators for eight electors. The District of Columbia has three electors.
That means there are 538 electors, based on there being 435 U.S. representatives and 100 U.S. senators, plus the three electors from the District of Columbia.
Kentucky’s eight electors for Monday’s vote were Terry E. Forcht, Mira Ball, Wilma W. Cooper, Mary Ann Baron, Larry Cox, Kevin Sell, Robert L. Mitchell and Dave Disponett.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presided over the ceremony. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. administered the oath of office to the electors.
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