All 11 of Arizona’s presidential electors cast their ballots for Donald Trump for president, ignoring the pleas of protesters who gathered at the state Capitol to urge them to choose another candidate.
The ceremony was brief, with Secretary of State Michele Reagan explaining the purpose of the Electoral College and then swearing in the 11 GOP electors, who promised to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
All of them voted for Trump and, on a second ballot, Mike Pence for vice president. None of the electors spoke before the official signing, but afterward, several said the emails and requests they got to “vote their conscience” and reject Trump were not persuasive.
“Not at all,” Sharon Giese said when asked if the pleas gave her pause. “It was mostly annoying.”