Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
Contact: Kristen Muszynski

Presidential Electors to Cast Ballots in Electoral College Proceedings Monday

The convening of the Electoral College will begin at 2 p.m. in the House Chamber at the  Statehouse in Augusta, Maine. Presidential electors will cast their ballots during the ceremony and those ballots will be counted and tallied. The Maine Statehouse is currently closed to the public, but interested parties may view the proceedings via the Statehouse House Chamber livestream.

A limited number of credentialed media representatives will be accommodated, as allowed within the CDC’s capacity restrictions for indoor gatherings. Pool coverage is recommended. Those media entities interested in coverage should contact Department of the Secretary of State Communications Director Kristen Muszynski via email or phone (see contact information above).

In official voting results for the State of Maine, Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden and vice-presidential nominee Kamala D. Harris received 435,072 votes statewide, also winning Congressional District 1. Republican nominee, President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence received 360,737 votes statewide and won Congressional District 2. Thus, Maine voters chose three electors for Biden and one elector for Trump. Maine is one of only two states in the nation, along with Nebraska, that splits its electoral votes by Congressional District.

Maine’s presidential electors for Biden are: Jay Philbrick (Congressional District 1), David Bright (at large) and Sen. Shenna Bellows (at large). Maine’s presidential elector for Trump is Peter LaVerdiere (Congressional District 2). Maine law is written with the expectation that electors will cast their ballots in accordance with the will of the voters, but does not prescribe penalties for faithless electors.