New York’s Electoral College process


ALBANY, NY – While there is no deadline for certifying the Congressional race, the Presidential race is on a strict deadline.

In just one week, New York State’s electors will meet up to cast their ballots in the electoral college.

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca shares some insight on how it’s expected to be conducted this year, amid the pandemic.

((Kathy Sheehan, Albany Mayor))
The electors gather in state capitols across the country. So, I have it pretty easy. I just have to walk across the street and go to the Capitol.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is one of the electors this year who will be casting a vote for President-elect Joe Biden next Monday. She was also an elector in 2016 for Hillary Clinton.

((Kathy Sheehan, Albany Mayor))
We met in the Senate chamber last time. I’m not exactly sure where it’s going to happen this year, because of social distancing, they’re trying to figure out how we can get everyone together safely.

But, obviously, this is an essential thing that needs to happen, and we need to do it in person.

New York is a winner take all state, so all of the electors will be for the Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Sheehan says she has full confidence that the process can be done safely.

((Kathy Sheehan, Albany Mayor))
We know what we need to do- remain six feet apart, wear masks, it is not a long process.

((Kathy Sheehan, Albany Mayor))
I’m really looking forward to doing it this year, it’s really an honor and a privilege to be part of this process. It’s a process that I know we’re still continuing to talk about and debate in this country as to whether the electoral college has really sort of served out its useful life and that we should be looking at a popular vote, but for now this is what’s constitutionally required and I will uphold my constitutional obligation and cast my vote.

Some of the other electors include Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

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