Tar Heel Democrats next week will next week have their first opportunity in a generation — to cast their electoral ballots for president.
The 15 electors will gather in the Capitol on Monday at noon — along with members of the Electoral College across the country — to cast their ballot for Democrat Barack Obama for president, Rob Christensen reports.
This will be the first time since 1976 that Tar Heel Democrats can participate. That was the last time that a Democrat carried the state — Jimmy Carter.
The electors were chosen by the state Democratic Party from each of the state's Congressional districts and for its two Senate seats.
Those participating will be former U.S. Attorney Janice Cole of Hertford, Louise Sewell of Smithfield, Virginia Tillett of Manteo, former state legislator Linda Gunter of Cary, Timothy Futrelle of Boone, Wayne Abraham of Greensboro, Armin Jancis of Warsaw, Wendy Wood of Concord, Michael Cognac of Marvin, Dan DeHart of Morganton, Harley Caldwell of Waynesville, Samuel Spencer of Davidson, Patricia Hawkins of Raleigh, David Crawford of Mount Airy, and Kara Hollingsworth of Fayetteville.
State law has required electors to vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote since Dr. Lloyd Bailey of Rocky Mount angered Republicans in 1968 when he cast his ballot for American Party presidential candidate George Wallace instead of Republican Richard Nixon.