The Presidential election was over more than a month ago, but Barack Obama still hasn't officially won. Only Monday did members of the Electoral College cast their ballots. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.
It came as little surprise back in early November that Democrat Barack Obama clinched his home state. It's even less of a surprise that Obama won all of Illinois' Electoral College votes.
The meeting of electors is a constitutional formality, taking place across the U.S. Illinois' 20 electors cast their ballots in the state Senate chambers, where Obama once served.
Democratic State central Committeewoman Nancy Shepherdson, who's from Deer Park says the tone's different from 2008, when she first cast an electoral college ballot for Obama.
“We gave speeches last time because everyone was really excited about the fact that Barack Obama had won. And we didn’t this time.”
But another Committeewoman, Barb Brown, from Chester, in southern Illinois, says it was nonetheless thrilling to be a part of.
“Until these votes are tallied and until the votes from throughout the country reach Washington D.C. by virtue of our constitution he is not officially elected. “
That'll happen January 6th, when Congress collects and counts the ballots.