Penn­syl­va­nia’s 20 votes cast for pres­i­dent-elect


HAR­RIS­BURG — Penn­syl­va­nia’s 20 pres­i­den­tial elec­tors du­ti­fully cast their votes for Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump on Mon­day de­spite last­minute pleas from pro­test­ers in the gal­leries to “vote their con­science” and deny him the pres­i­dency.

The an­nounce­ment that Mr. Trump had won all the state’s elec­toral votes at the Elec­toral Col­lege was greeted with boos and ap­plause in the House cham­bers as mod­ern po­lit­i­cal the­ater in­truded on a cer­e­mony dat­ing to the 18th cen­tury.

The ten­sion at the Elec­toral Col­lege fol­lowed an un­con­ven­tional pres­i­den­tial cam­paign filled with harsh rhetoric and a sur­prise

re­sult with Mr. Trump’s win over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The elec­tors, in­clud­ing Rep. Tina Pick­ett, R-110, Towanda, met amid vis­i­ble state po­lice se­cu­rity as sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers filled the Capi­tol Ro­tunda and the vis­i­tor gal­leries above the House floor.

The pro­test­ers called on the elec­tors to vote for an­other can­di­date or deny Mr. Trump a needed 270-vote thresh­old in the Elec­toral Col­lege so the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion could be de­cided in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Elec­tor Robert Glea­son Jr., chair­man of the state GOP party, said his col­leagues fol­lowed their con­science and an­swered the call of the vot­ers.

Mr. Trump is the first GOP can­di­date to carry Penn­syl­va­nia’s pop­u­lar and elec­toral votes since 1988.

As a House law­maker, Ms. Pick­ett is used to vot­ing on bills via an elec­tronic roll­call. Here she wrote her choice on a piece of pa­per and dropped it in a box. Ms. Pick­ett said she was in­un­dated with mail and email urg­ing her not to vote for Mr. Trump.

“Trump is not fit to be our pres­i­dent,” said Stephen Moyer, a Pottsville res­i­dent, stand­ing with a hand­made sign on the ice-cov­ered Capi­tol steps.

Mr. Moyer said he voted for Mrs. Clin­ton, but sug­gested the elec­toral col­lege could help unite the na­tion by choos­ing some­one else as pres­i­dent.

Mr. Moyer voiced con­cerns about Mr. Trump’s treat­ment of women and re­ports of Rus­sian com­puter hack­ing as part of an ef­fort to in­flu­ence the elec­tion. Con­tact the writer: rswift@timessham­


Pro­test­ers demon­strate ahead of Penn­syl­va­nia’s 58th Elec­toral Col­lege at the state Capi­tol in Har­ris­burg on Mon­day.


A teller places bal­lots into a box dur­ing Penn­syl­va­nia’s 58th Elec­toral Col­lege at the state Capi­tol in Har­ris­burg on Mon­day.

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