Meet Washington, DC’s all-female Electoral College slate – Al Jazeera English
Every four years, political celebrations from each United States state, along with the District of Columbia, select slates of electors to officially elect the next president and vice president in the Electoral College. These functions are generally given to those with deep political connections.
However, this year, Washington, DC's Democratic Party diverted from this trend and picked a group that is less representative of celebration stalwarts and rather reflects the community-at-large. Those electors will fulfill on December 14, when the Electoral College is set to officially cast its ballots across the country.
The Electoral College has a total of 538 electors. The winning presidential and vice-presidential prospects require 270 votes in the Electoral College to win the election. Democrat Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes, consisting of the three from Washington, DC, to Republican President Donald Trump's 232.
2 of DC's electors are front-line workers amidst the continuous COVID-19 pandemic and the 3rd has invested years working on DC's defend statehood.
Meedie Bardonille is a registered nurse and the chair of the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. Jacqueline Echavarria is a native Washingtonian, a veteran, and a Safeway grocery store cashier. Barbara Helmick is the director of programs at DC Vote, a non-profit organisation devoted to providing DC citizens with complete representation through statehood.
To celebrate the 100 years that have passed since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, approving ladies the right to vote, all 3 of the District's electors are ladies.
“They were really deliberate with making sure that they had 3 females agents to represent the District,” said Bardonille.
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