Wisconsin's Electoral College votes unanimously for Biden, Harris

Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday, Dec. 14 Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral College votes were cast for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“Now more than ever, our country deserves leaders who will put people first and return kindness, empathy and compassion back to the White House,” said Gov. Evers. “That’s why today we were proud to vote unanimously to assign Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral College votes to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.”

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Democratic electors, including Governor Tony Evers, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and Milwaukee-area businessman Khary Penebaker, met at the Wisconsin State Capitol to officially assign Wisconsin’s Electoral College votes.

"I get such an overwhelming and emotional feeling to be able to vote for America's first black vice president," said Penebaker.

Penebaker said Capitol police were guarding him before the vote.

"I knew they were doing this because they had to make sure that we were safe," he said.

Milwaukee County Democratic Chairman Chris Walton was on standby as an alternate elector.

"My niece is 1 years old now, and the fact that she'll grow up and she'll look on, you know, look at our books when she starts school -- they'll be a black man has been president, it'll be a black woman for the vice president, and, you know, the possibilities are open for whoever she wants to be and she grows up," said Walton. "That's the thing I think everybody wants to impart upon their children."

From the Capitol in Madison, the electoral votes will be counted at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6. Wisconsin's electoral votes go to the candidate certified the winner -- Joe Biden. Still, separately, 10 Republican electors also met, citing that the final outcome is still in the courts. Those are appeals of lower federal court rulings dismissing President Trump and his allies' challenges.

Monday's Electoral College vote came as a narrowly divided Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his election loss in the battleground state. In the 4-3 ruling, the court's three liberal justices were joined by conservative swing Justice Brian Hagedorn who said three of Trump's four claims were filed too late and the other was without merit. The ruling ends Trump's legal challenges in state court.