INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) — On Monday, the Electoral College voted to officially determine the President of the United States. Indiana’s 11 electors voted for President-elect Donald Trump.
The Monday morning vote at the Indiana Statehouse was unanimous. The slate was comprised entirely of Republicans because Trump won Indiana in the November general election.
Anti-Trump activists gathered outside the Indiana House chamber where electors met and jeered proceedings. Trump won a majority of Electoral College votes in the national election, but lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
None of the electors designated during Trump’s Indiana victory were expected to buck the party in Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s home state.
Members of the media observed the vote. Republicans had ticketed the event and dozens of supporters were in the House chamber to watch the vote.
Since the election, there have been protests around the country, asking the Electoral College to vote for someone other than President-elect Donald Trump. At least one Republican elector from Texas publicly said he would not vote for Donald Trump.
To add to the controversy, is the role that Russia may have played in the 2016 election. Politicians and some electors asked for the Electoral College vote to be delayed until electors can be briefed on the situation.
Some democrats called on Congress to delay the vote until the electors can be briefed.
“All we ask is for that information to be released. It appears that information is not going to be released. That’s why when we vote [Monday] in the Electoral College, I’ll be putting forth a motion, a call for a bipartisan independent commission to investigate Russian interference,” said Clay Pell,a Democratic Rhode Island Elector.
The intelligence community has said it will not discuss Russia’s involvement until a review ordered by President Obama is completed. Republican Senator John McCain is calling for a committee to investigate the CIA’s finding that Russia hacked Democrats’ emails.
“I’ve seen no evidence that the voting machines who were tampered with, I’ve seen no evidence that the election would have been different. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Russians and others, the Chinese to a lesser degree, have been able to interfere with our electoral process, whether how serious it is and whether it would have effected the outcome of the election or not is the reason why we need to have a select committee. This is serious business. If they’re able to harm the electoral process, then they may destroy democracy, which is based on free and fair elections,” said McCain.
On Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted about the controversy surrounding the election results.
If everything goes as planned, On Jan. 6th, Congress will count the votes and Vice President Joe Biden will announce the official winner.