Time to Elect Obama

Presidential electors are scheduled to meet at the State Capitol at noon Monday

We voted in November, but Monday it became official.

Connecticut's seven Democratic presidential electors cast their votes for Barack Obama as president and Joe Biden as vice president  at the State Capitol at noon on Monday. More than 200 high school students from across the state attended.

The Electoral College gathering is largely ceremonial but draws many observers to the State Capitol.

Connecticut has a winner-take-all system in presidential elections. Since Obama won the state in November, Republican electors will not participate in Monday's event. The winner-take-all method is the most common, according to U.S. Election Atlas.

Voters vote for their electors, who then vote for the president. Each state is allocated a number of electors equal to the number of its U.S. Senators -- always two -- plus the number of its U.S. Representatives. Connecticut has seven electoral votes.

The Electoral College is a process established by the founding fathers as a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by popular vote.

This year's electors include Shirley Steinmetz and Jim Ezzes, chairs of the Wethersfield and Westport Democratic Town Committees, respectively; Deborah McFadden, vice chair of Wilton's town committee; and Ken Delacruz, president of the Metal Trades Council union at Electric Boat in Groton.

The others are Glastonbury attorney Nicholas Paindiris, New Haven Alderwoman Andrea Jackson Brooks and Wolcott Tax Collector Lorraine McQueen.

Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president on Jan. 20.

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