Gov. Blunt Finalizes Missouri’s Electoral Vote for President

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today finalized Missouri’s selection for United States President and Vice President. After, the state’s 11 electors met and selected John McCain for President and Sarah Palin for Vice President, the governor ensured results were finalized and distributed according to century-old protocol.

“Our nation’s representative government is structured so that the people define the laws under which we live,” Gov. Blunt said. “As we elect our nation’s leader and finalize Missouri’s electoral vote we abide by the traditions of our Constitution’s authors. They understood the importance of integrity and accuracy in elections. As it was more than two hundred years ago, the right to vote in a fair and open election today remains one of Americans’ greatest freedoms and one that many men and women in uniform have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect.”

Members of Missouri’s Electoral College today convened at the Capitol. Each elector was previously certified by Gov. Blunt after the Secretary of State certified the general election results. After receiving election results the group selected the nation’s highest leaders. Formal copies of the vote tally and results will, as defined by the U.S. Constitution, be delivered to the Vice President of the United States, the Archivist of the United States, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, and the Chief Judge of the United States Courts for the Western District of Missouri.