Electoral College To Finalize Presidential Vote On Monday, 538 Americans will cast their vote for president. They are the members of the U.S. Electoral College. They'll meet in each state to vote, and then, finally, the storied 2008 campaign will officially end.

Electoral College To Finalize Presidential Vote

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

Tomorrow, 538 Americans will cast their votes for president and vice president. They are members of the U.S. Electoral College and will meet in each state, and the storied 2008 campaign will officially end. Democrat Barack Obama won the popular vote in 28 states and the District of Columbia. The electoral votes are expected to confirm his win. Betty L. Squire is a first-time voting elector from Virginia. The state was carried by a Democratic candidate for the first time since 1964. Squire represents the 3rd District, and she joins us from WCBE in Richmond, Virginia. Betty, welcome to the show.

Ms. BETTY L. SQUIRE (Elector, 3rd Congressional District, Virginia): Thank you. It's my pleasure.

HANSEN: So what happens tomorrow?

Ms. SQUIRE: Tomorrow, we will meet at the State Capitol, and at 12 noon we will be casting the vote to certify the election of the Virginia elector for President-elect Barack Obama.

HANSEN: You are saying that with a big smile on your face.

Ms. SQUIRE: Yes, I am. I will be remembering all of those have gone on before me, also including the memory of my late grandmother. She always dreamed of a better day for America, and this is a day for her.

HANSEN: Tell us a little bit about her.

Ms. SQUIRE: OK. I was born in North Carolina. We weren't rich by any stretch of the imagination. We had no running water, no electricity. But we were always encouraged to do our best and to be our best. And she would be the one that would see us off every day to go to school, and encouraged us to do all that we could do to make sure that we were ready when that better day would come for all of us.

HANSEN: You've been a very active member of the Democratic Party, am I right?

Ms. SQUIRE: Yes, I have. I have been involved in local politics since the late '60s. I graduated from high school in '61 and somewhere around '67 or '68 is when I got involved in politics.

HANSEN: Now, this is a big change for the state of Virginia, to go Democratic. So when you first got into this, I mean, could you have imagined that you would actually be going to cast your electoral vote?

Ms. SQUIRE: No, I'd never imagined that we would have an African-American in my lifetime, but I'm just delighted that it did.

HANSEN: Virginia elector Betty L. Squire will cast her vote for Barack Obama when the Electoral College meets tomorrow. She joined us from WCBE in Richmond, Virginia. Betty, enjoy yourself tomorrow, and thanks for talking to us.

Ms. SQUIRE: Thank you. And this is such a great day for America.

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