An uneventful moment which is really just a formality, drew more attention today than it ever has. Mississippi's seven members of the electoral college gathered at the State Capitol in Jackson to cast their votes for President of the United States. The electors signed a pledge stating they would vote for the candidate who won the state's popular vote, which was Texas Governor George W. Bush. However state law does not require them to stick with that pledge, but the 2 women and 5 men stayed true to their oath.
Secretary of State, Eric Clark counted the ballots out loud and said with a smile, "after having counted and recounted I determine there are 7 votes for George W. Bush for president." Cheers filled the room at the state capitol. This will be the scene across the nation today. Unofficially, people will be tallying the electoral votes today and George W. Bush is expected to have 271. Vice President, Al Gore should have 268 electoral votes. The ballots will be officially counted on January 6th when Congress meets in a joint session. That session will be presided over by the President of the Senate, Vice President Al Gore.