Today marks the last obstacle between Donald Trump and his seat in the oval office. We were at the capitol building while North Dakota’s three electors cast their votes.
Doug Burgum: “I am pleased to announce that the votes cast are as follow, For president of the united states, three votes for Donald J. Trump. For vice president of the united states, three votes for Michael R. Pence.”
Convening in every state and Washington D.C. 538 members of the electoral college are casting their votes for the next president and vice president. Those seeking to prevent Trump and Pence from making it to the White House face some tough odds. In some states, electors are required to uphold the popular vote.
It was no surprise that all three electors voted for the president elect.
Doug Burgum: “Donald Trump won by a wide margin in the popular vote here as well so easy, and just paperwork today. It’s an important element to, you know, formalize the election that occurred on November 8th.”
Governor Burgum says that he’s kicked off his term in office strong.
Doug Burgum: “Fun, just in the few days in office to preside over the North Dakota component of the presidential election.”
Alvin Jaeger is the Secretary of State.
He prepares the paperwork electors use to cast their votes.
Alvin Jaeger: “It means a lot to me personally because I’m part of an important process and my carrying out my duties as secretary of state.”
Jaeger says he appreciates the chance to leave a footprint.
Alvin Jaeger: “Well it’s nice to be able to be part of it. And it’s part of history and it’s nice to have the honor to be a part of that history.
As Burgum and the rest of the state prepare for the changes a new president will bring.. he sees a lot of improvements coming to North Dakota.
Doug Burgum: “It’s going to be, you know, great for our ag sector, great for our energy sector, I think it’s going to be great for healthcare. I mean there’s so many positive things.”
While President Elect Donald Trump’s first day in office isn’t until late January, Burgum’s already had four days in office and is looking forward to the upcoming legislative session.