Over the noise of protesters, Ohio Electors vote unanimously for Trump


COLUMBUS - After a divisive election with an upset outcome, even a straightforward process laid out by law took on an air of drama Monday.

Dozens of protestors urged Ohio's electors to break with tradition and their commitment, in a last-ditch effort to stop the election of Donald Trump.

For hours on a frigid Monday morning, about 100 protesters raised their voices outside the Ohio Statehouse.

"Doing everything in my power to keep from Donald Trump to be elected President," said Nolan Pitney.

"We're here to represent the people," said Joe Florio. "Donald Trump did not win the popular vote. And frankly, there's a large percentage of the population that does not agree with him being President."

Glenn McEntyre: "You say listen to the will of the people. Didn't the people speak on November 8th?"

Jenny Deller: "Well they did. There were a certain amount of people that spoke, but let's get back to the fact that Trump lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes."

Inside the Ohio Senate Chamber, Secretary of State Jon Husted convened the 54th Ohio Electoral College.

"With each passing Election Day, the people send a message," he said. "They send a message on how they which to be governed. Last month, such a message was sent, and today you will take the people of Ohio's message and transmit it to Washington in the form of 18 electoral votes."
For all of the debate and division surrounding November's election, Monday's vote by Ohio's slate of 18 electors- appointed by the party of the winning candidate- was straightforward and unanimous:

18 votes for Donald Trump for President and 18 votes for Mike Pence for Vice President.

The tally announcement was met with applause and cheers inside and outside the Senate chamber.

Ohio Elector Ralph King says before Monday, he heard from thousands of people asking him not to vote for Donald Trump.

"They wanted Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, some even asked for John Kasich," King said. "I think it's very telling and it's sort of sad, being in the participation age that we're in, people just can't accept defeat. The American public spoke, and we represented their word today in this meeting."

Some electors didn't want to speak.

"I'm not talking to the media," said Brian Schottenstein.

Asked why not, he answered, "The media doesn't deserve my comment."

But others relished their role in history.

"He's our leader, he's our President, and we've got to get behind him and support him," said Elector and Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

From here, the electoral votes from Ohio and every other state head to Washington, DC, where they will be counted in a joint session of congress.

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