Politics
2:49 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Utah's Electors Cast Presidential Votes

Utah's six presidential electors met today at the state capitol and cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. The electors are all Republicans who were chosen at the party's state convention. They're required to vote for the Republican candidate, since he won the popular vote in Utah. Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced the results, which were not a surprise to anyone.

"We declare that Utah casts all its ballots for president for Mitt Romney and all its ballots for vice-president for Paul Ryan," he told a crowd made up mostly of media and school children. 

Under the U.S. Constitution, each state has the same number of electoral votes as it has senators and representatives in Congress. In 2008, Utah had five electoral votes. Now it has six because its population has grown.