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Pa. electors to vote today in Harrisburg amid planned protests

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 19, 2016 5:21 AM
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Harrisburg) -- Members of Pennsylvania's 58th Electoral College are to arrive at the state Capitol to cast the state's electoral votes for president, with protests planned and more security preparations than usual.

Today's ceremony starts at noon in the state House chamber. Republican President-elect Donald Trump won Pennsylvania's popular vote, which means he gets to pick the people who cast Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes. That's fifth-most in the nation.

Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by fewer than 45,000 votes out of more than 6 million cast.

The 20 electors will hear from Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before they are called by name to cast paper ballots for president and vice president. The ballot is secret, and tellers appointed by the electors will tally the vote. Public seating is limited.

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