Mike Jones takes part in history

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For the first time in 44 years, Electors representing the Democratic party in Indiana met to cast votes this past Monday – and Patriot’s Mike Jones was a part of that history.

At the conclusion of each Presidential election, the next President is really elected by a vote of Electors who represent each state.

When a candidate wins a state in the General Election, the electors of that candidate’s party then meet to cast Electoral Votes as part of the Electoral College.

Those electors met around the country on Monday, December 15th.

Because Indiana has traditionally been carried by the Republican candidate, it’s been over four decades since Democrats had the chance to serve as Electors.

Until Monday.

“It was some experience to be up there and to see the process,” Mike Jones said. “I taught about the Electoral College as a government and history teacher, but to be there and actually see it happen and be a part of it was truly special.”

Mike Jones served as the alternate elector on Monday. He could have served as the elector from the Ninth District, but instead chose to allow a younger member of the party to get the honor of a lifetime.

“I thought it would be special for Benjamin Clarence Leatherbury to serve as the official elector,” Mike Jones said. “He’s a freshman at IUPUI, and he worked very hard on the Obama campaign here in Indiana, and I thought he should cast the vote.”

As the alternate, Mike Jones was also officially sworn in by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert D. Rucker. Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita presided over the process.

Electors voted for both the Vice President of the United States – Joe Biden; and also for President – Barack Obama. Each state gets electoral votes that total the combination of the number of members of the House of Representatives that the state has plus two for the Senators that all states have.

Electors are chosen by their political party prior to the General Election, but only the electors of the candidate who wins that state then go to Indianapolis.

Electors are not required to vote for the candidate who won that state – but because of the political party process, that very rarely happens.

The candidate who gets the most electoral votes is then officially named as the next President of the United States.

It is possible, because of population, that a person could win the popular vote in the November General Election, but not win enough Electoral votes to be elected President.

That last happened in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote, but George Bush won the Electoral vote.

Mike Jones said that Ninth District Congressman Baron Hill spoke on behalf of Barack Obama; and former state officer holder Joe Hogsett made comments and gave the benediction.