On Monday, December 19, members of the United States Electoral College will cast their vote which ultimately elects the President and Vice-President of the United States. Each state gets a number of electors equal to its United States Congressional representation therefore Alaska has three electors.
In Alaska, political parties select their electors and submit the names to the Division of Elections. The electors represent the political party of the Presidential candidate who won the popular vote in Alaska, which for 2016, is the Alaska Republican Party. Alaska’s electors are former Governor Sean Parnell, Jacqueline Tupou of Juneau and Carolyn Leman of Anchorage. Under state law, each elector must “pledge” that as an elector, the person will cast his or her electoral vote for the candidate of the party. For 2016, Alaska’s electors will cast a vote for Donald J. Trump for President and Michael R. Pence for Vice President of the United States.
Along with the rest of the nation, Alaska’s electors will meet Monday, December 19, 2016 to cast their electoral votes. The televised ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Juneau at Alaska’s new Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives and Museum. Presiding at the meeting of the Electors will be Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott.
The media and public are welcome to attend this event. The Division of Elections sent an invitation to all current and newly elected legislators as well as Juneau’s Mayor and Assembly Members. The program will include performances by the Juneau Douglas High School Choir/Alaska Youth Choir and a Presentation of Colors by members of the District 17 U.S. Coast Guard.
The half-hour event will be broadcast live on 360 North, the statewide public affairs television channel. 360 North is seen on ARCS, on GCI Cable and over the air in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Bethel. The event will also be streamed live at www.360north.org.