SPRINGFIELD — The last time members of the Electoral College convened in the Illinois Capitol to cast their ballots for Barack Obama, television news crews from as far away as Australia were on hand to record the event.
Organizers of the 2012 version say Monday’s meeting likely will be much more subdued.
“It was just kind of a bigger deal in 2008,” said Henry Haupt, spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
For the fourth time, White will preside over Illinois’ role in what is the actual election for president of the United States.
Electors from across the nation convene in their individual states to cast the official ballots for president and vice president.
The Democratic Party’s slate of electors was announced last summer at the state party convention. That slate won the right to vote when Obama carried Illinois on Nov. 6 by a 57.6 percent to 40.7 percent margin over Republican Mitt Romney.
Just as they did in 2008, the electors will cast their ballots in the Illinois Senate chambers, which was chosen because it is where Obama launched his political career as a state senator before moving to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Among the 20 electors are former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson of Crete, representing the 11th District; Barb Brown, Chester, 12th District; Lynn Foster, Danville, 15th District; Don Johnston, Moline, 17th District; and Shirley McCombs, Petersburg, 18th District.
The mostly ceremonial event begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to last about an hour.
White’s role in the voting ties a record set in 1908 by then-Secretary of State James Rose, who presided over four Electoral Colleges.
Following the voting, the results are transmitted to the Illinois Secretary of State, the national archives, the Office of the Vice President and the presiding federal judge in central Illinois.
The Illinois event will be available for live viewing at the Illinois General Assembly website at ilga.gov.