State electors' vote to offer formality but not drama
California's Electoral College is about to make it official: The Golden State is blue.
Its members meet this afternoon in Assembly chambers to cast their 55 votes for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
The Democrats won the state's popular vote by a margin of 60 percent to 37 percent against Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen's official Statement of Vote issued last week.
The state Electoral College vote is scheduled for 2 p.m., with electors seated in chambers by 1:30 p.m.
One young member isn't even in college. Christopher Tumbiero, 18, attends Royal High School in Simi Valley.
No word on who the oldest member might be.
Media representatives have been admonished not to wear jeans, leave their cellphones on, or talk in "golf whispers" during the proceedings. Infractions will get them ejected.
Political junkies and students of history may watch the event streamed live online via the California Channel's website at www.calchannel.com.
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"Serving in the Assembly is somewhat reminiscent of being in a Las Vegas casino with two giant electronic billboards enabling members to see if a vote is trending passage or approaching defeat."
GLORIA ROMERO, Los Angeles Democrat and former legislator, arguing in the Orange County Register that the lower house should stop allowing its members to change their votes