AUGUSTA, Maine (AP-WWLP) — Monday morning, it appeared that appears that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was going to receive one of Maine’s four electoral votes, though ultimately the elector that was going to do so had to change his vote.
Democratic elector David Bright originally said he’d vote for Sanders only under the unlikely scenario in which Republican President-elect Donald Trump failed to get the necessary 270 votes. But he said Monday he intended to vote for Sanders anyway to acknowledge the efforts of the young supporters of Sanders, who beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Maine’s presidential caucuses.
When Bright went to cast his vote for Sanders at the Maine Statehouse, however, he was ruled out-of-order. A second vote was taken, and Bright voted for Clinton.
Had Bright’s first vote counted, Clinton would have only received two out of Maine’s four electoral votes.
Trump won the 2nd Congressional District to get one vote, while Clinton won the 1st Congressional District, and won two more votes for carrying the state overall.
In Maine, presidential electors are required to vote for the popular vote winner. But there’s no penalty if an elector chooses to vote for a different candidate.
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