August 19, 2014

Wisconsin casts electoral votes for Obama

Democratic electors representing all eight Wisconsin congressional districts and two statewide votes met at the Capitol Monday to officially decide the outcome of the presidential election in the Badger State. Under state law, all 10 of Wisconsin’s electoral votes go to the winner of the state’s popular vote, which was President Barack Obama.

State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) chaired the panel which determines the official outcome of Wisconsin’s presidential voting, which he says is an extremely significant event that plays an important role in the future of the country.

AUDIO: Sen. Fred Risser (:13)

The Electoral College has come under criticism in the past, such as when President Bush lost the popular vote in 2000 but secured enough electoral votes to win the election. Risser says he believes there are grounds for changing how the race is decided, but notes this is the system we have in place and it’s what Wisconsin will continue to do.

Electors also cast all ten votes for Vice President Joe Biden.

Similar votes were taking place across the country Monday, officially awarding President Obama and his running mate a second term in office.