UPDATE: Kansas' Six GOP Electors Cast Their Ballots For Trump
The six Kansas electors cast their votes in Topeka on Monday. Secretary of State Kris Kobach presided over the quick meeting, which lasted less than 20 minutes.
“So the final vote of the electors of Kansas is six votes for Mr. Trump for president, and six votes for Mr. Pence for vice president," Kobach said.
The tally brought a mix of cheers and boos. Some shouted “shame” from the unusually full state Senate gallery. Kobach said when he was an elector in 2008 the gallery was empty.
The vote itself was not a surprise. All the electors are Kansas GOP insiders, including the state treasurer, state party chair and a national party committeeman.
According to the AP, the electors said that they felt obligated to vote for Trump after he received nearly 57 percent of the vote in Kansas.
But they reported receiving thousands of emails urging them not to vote for Trump. Most were from outside Kansas.
The Electoral College formally picks the president, and each state has the same number of electors as members in Congress. A candidate must win 270 of the 538 votes. Most states allocate all of their votes to the winner of their popular vote.
A certificate of the results will be mailed to Congress, which will count all the electoral votes from around the country on January 6.