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Connecticut presidential electors cast their ballots

HARTFORD – Barbara Gordon (right) was one of seven Connecticut electors at the State Capitol on Monday, Dec. 19 to cast their ballots for the next President of the United States. During the solemn ceremony attended by many dignitaries, students and others, each elector slipped his or her ballot into a special box constructed of wood from Connecticut’s historic Charter Oak and ‘shlepped’ out every four years to elect the next president.

“Her fervent wish was to vote for the first woman president,” said Gordon’s friend and fellow Democrat Sheila Horvitz, a resident of Colchester who was among those watching the proceedings from the Senate gallery – along with Goldie Liverant of Colchester and Dr. Kate Powers of West Hartford, also close friends of Gordon and active Democrats. Ultimately, said Horvitz, the ceremony was “heartbreaking for Barbara and the rest of the Democrats in the Senate chamber and around the country – in every state where Hillary won but could not win it all.”

Gordon, a resident of West Hartford, voiced her own frustration with the results by questioning the efficacy of the Electoral College process. Linking Clinton’s loss to that of Al Gore, who in 2000 won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College to George W. Bush, Gordon told the Hartford Courant, “I think it’s time for a change.”

But not today.

CAP: At the State Capitol: (l to r) Dr. Kate Powers, Goldie Liverant, Sheila Horvitz, Barbara Gordon.

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