Georgia electors cast ballots for Trump

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

ATLANTA (AP) – All 16 presidential electors in Georgia have formally backed Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

The group voted at the state Capitol in Atlanta, joining counterparts in every state formally casting electoral votes on Monday.

Georgia’s statewide political parties each choose a slate of electors to represent voters in the electoral college. Trump won about 50 percent of Georgia’s popular vote, topping Hillary Clinton’s 45 percent. His victory here assured that the Republican party’s slate of longtime officials and volunteers represented Georgia in the electoral college.

Georgia law doesn’t require electors to honor the state’s popular vote, but those selected this year never swayed.

Protesters still hoping to change electors’ votes gathered outside the Capitol before the vote. But the protests and written pleas sent to electors nationwide had no effect in Georgia.

Politics & Govt.

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