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Tama County elector casts ballot for President

April 16, 2013
By Glen Sailsbury , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald


Editor's Note: Glen Sailsbury, Dysart, is currently co-chair of the Tama County Democratic Party and is a long-time Democrat activist. He wrote this account of his selection as a Democrat elector for the 2012 Presidential election.

I am going to do my best to tell you about casting one of Iowa electoral votes. Well after the election I did not hear anything from either the state of Iowa or the Democratic Party. I was patient and on November 24 1 received a letter from the Office of the Governor.

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Glen Sailsbury (center) signs the Certificate of Vote by?electors for the state of Iowa for President Barrack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Dec. 17, 2012, in Des Moines.
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The letter was from S. Brenna Findley. She is Governor Barnsteads legal Counsel. Brenna told me that the electors would meet on December 17 at the Ray Conference Room at the state capitol at 6-.00 p.m. She posted an email address and a phone number and said to contact her if we had any questions. She also said she would appreciate a response to confirm attendance.

I sent her an email saying I was going too attended. I also asked about proper protocol for such an event. I asked about guests and cameras. She emailed me back saying I could bring a guest and cameras as long as they did not interfere with the event. It was open to the public. So now everything is set and we are ready to go.

The next week I received a letter from the Iowa Secretary of state. When I opened the letter the letterhead was from the Congress of the United States. It was the Inaugural Invitation for Electors.

I about fell out of my chair. I had not thought about going to the Inauguration. Susan and I talked about it and decided this is a once in a lifetime chance so we should go. So I booked tickets and hotel reservations and sent in the RSVP. We are going to the Inauguration.

December 17th arrived and Susan and I went to the Capitol. There was not much activity at the Capitol in the early evening. There were a few people gathered outside of the Ray conference Room. I asked them if they were electors. They were not, they were middle school teachers from the Ankeny school district. They wanted to see the meeting of the electors.

By 6:00 we were all there. We were meet by Brenna Findley. Governor Branstad came in and welcomed us. Governor Branstad give us each a ballot for president and vice president. We were then given the Certificate Of Vote Of Electors For The State Of Iowa.

All six electors signed each copy of the certificate. There were six copies. One copy is sent to the President of the U.S. Senate, one to the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court. Two to the National Archives. Two copies to the Secretary of State for the state of Iowa.

We were then allowed to take pictures and talk. Governor Branstad had a family event to go to so he left first. The entire event took about 45 minutes.



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