President Barack Obama was officially re-elected on Friday with the tallying of the Electoral College vote during a joint session of Congress.
As expected, Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 necessary for a majority of the 538 votes. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., won 206 votes.
The quadrennial occasion is constitutionally mandated to certify the presidential election. But it’s largely a formality, and the only surprise may have been the scant number of members of the House and Senate who witnessed it — far fewer than four years ago, when Obama was set to become the country’s first African-American president.
About a half-dozen senators processed into a relatively empty House chamber behind Biden, who in his duty as Senate president gaveled in the joint session and kicked off the vote counting, which took less than 30 minutes.
Four tellers — the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Rules and House Administration committees — took turns reading each state’s vote count. The certificates of vote were mailed from each state and opened on the House floor before being handed to a teller.
“The certificate of the electoral vote of the state of Alabama seems to be regular in form and authentic,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said to kick off the count, before announcing that Romney and Ryan had won nine electoral votes there.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. and Reps. Robert A. Brady, D-Pa., and Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., joined Schumer in reading the same sentence for the remaining 49 states and Washington, D.C., which has 3 electoral votes. A state’s electoral votes are calculated by adding two (for its two Senate seats) to the number of House seats it has.
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