Louisiana’s Electoral College votes go to Trump

Joe Biden officially elected next president of the United States

By: - December 15, 2020 6:05 am

CLEVELAND, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 29: U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first of three planned debates between the two candidates in the lead up to the election on November 3. (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Louisiana’s eight electoral college members met Monday and officially cast their ballots for President Donald Trump.

Trump secured the state’s eight electoral ballots after clinching 58 percent of the votes in the Nov. 3 election, but the president did not secure enough votes across the country to win a second term in office. President-elect Joe Biden won with 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232.

The December Electoral College vote is typically a formality that’s largely ignored, but this year, Trump supporters have mounted one unsuccessful challenge after another trying to overturn the results of the election.

Last week, Rep. Mike Johnson, who represents the states 4th Congressional District, led an effort among House Republicans to join a Texas lawsuit that attempted to throw out about 20 million Biden votes in four states that the Democratic candidate won.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt in two paragraphs Friday evening “Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” according to the unsigned court order. “All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.” Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito wrote that while they believed Texas should be allowed to file a complaint, the two wouldn’t have ruled in the state’s favor.

Before adjourning Monday, the Louisiana electors passed a resolution that praised Trump for his service and made no mention of Biden. That resolution, along with several that were not read aloud, was not on the meeting’s agenda.

Several of the electors did not wear face coverings for the meeting — a political statement in lockstep with many other Louisiana Republicans who have resisted following the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat.

Louisiana’s electors are chosen by the political parties for each of the state’s six congressional districts and the two at-large Senate seats.

 

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.

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