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New York's Electoral College meets in person on Monday

Karen DeWitt
WRVO News (file photo)
The New York State Capitol.

The Electoral College meets in all 50 states on Monday. In New York, officials have decided, reluctantly, to hold the event in person, despite the rising rate of the coronavirus.

Electors include former President Bill Clinton and former first lady, senator from New York and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said they are holding the event in person to avoid any potential lawsuits from attorneys for the losing candidate, President Donald Trump, who have already launched numerous unfounded court challenges to the November election.

“Apparently, the law specifically says meet in person at the state Capitol,” said Cuomo. “There’s been so much litigation about the election, we don’t want to test the law.”

The 29 electors will meet in the Capitol’s Assembly chamber, the largest meeting room in the building, designed to hold 1,045 people.

The governor’s Chief of Staff, Melissa DeRosa, said they hope to move quickly to limit the event to half an hour or less.

“We are going to test everybody before they get into the room,” DeRosa said. “People are going to be more than socially distanced.”

By the end of the meetings in all of the states, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to have 306 electoral votes. That’s more than the 270 needed to be elected president. President Donald Trump will have 232.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.