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New Hampshire Awards Four Electoral Votes to Bush-Cheney

Aired December 18, 2000 - 11:25 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Want to take you now to Concord, New Hampshire, they have just voted there, four electoral votes up for grabs. This is the Executive Council Chambers there at the State House in Concord.

CNN's Frank Buckley is on the scene.

Frank, fill us in, what is happening right how?

FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Bill, just now, Stephen Duprey, the Republican state chair and also one of the electors, has just announced that both Dick Cheney has been received the -- let me let you listen into what Stephen Duprey is saying.

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ELECTOR STEPHEN DUPREY (R), NEW HAMPSHIRE: ... on the 20th day of January, 2001, being electors duly elected and qualified by and for the state of New Hampshire, as appears by the annex certificate, having met and organized at the Statehouse in Concord in said state, in accordance with the act of Congress approved February 8, 1887, an act supplementary thereto approved October 19, 1888; May 29, 1928; and June 5, 1934, on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, 2000, being the 18th day of said month, then and there proceeded to vote by ballot for such president by distinct ballots, and for such vice president by distinct ballots, we hereby certify that the following person receive votes for president of the United States: George W. Bush of Austin, Texas, at four votes. We hearby certify that the following person receive votes for vice president of the United States: Dick Cheney of Wilton, Wyoming had four votes.

In witness whereof, we hereto set our hands at the Statehouse in Concord, in the state of New Hampshire, this first Monday after the second Wednesday of December, being the 18th of said month, in the year of our Lord, 2000.

We will sign, I understand, multiple copies of that, and then, at the completion of that, after doing that and the minutes, we then send -- and after the secretary of state seals...

BUCKLEY: So that is Stephen Duprey, who is now saying exactly -- Stephen Duprey now talking about exactly what will happen with the certificate of vote of electors, which he has just read. You heard him reading. This is what will actually will be signed, six certificates to be signed, sent to the president of the U.S. Senate, two going to archivist of the U.S. Senate, one to the chief district judge in Concord, and a set of the ballots will also be kept on record in the secretary of state's office.

So they will now be signing these. The envelopes that they will be placed in will be sealed by wax from a candle, the same candle they've been using to seal the envelopes since at least 1928. We are able to look at it, Bill Gardner, the secretary of state, earlier, allowed us to take a look at the candle, and it is just a bit of a stub of a candle now, but they will use that, seal up the envelopes, and the four electoral votes from the state of New Hampshire will be on their way.

HEMMER: Hey, Frank, we have been visiting throughout the morning, as you well know, different state capitals across the country, and we have been talking about the mood and the atmosphere being so much more different this year than it has been in the memory of anyone who is involved in today's electoral process. Is it the same there in Concord, or how are people describing it, Frank?

BUCKLEY: Absolutely, Bill. I was talking earlier to the secretary of state, and he was telling me that usually at these events there's no press, there might be a handful of dignitaries. But, this year, you have an entire room full of people and a bank of television cameras. I count about seven or eight, maybe 10 TV cameras, and various still photographers taking pictures.

And it's usually just a formality, as Governor Jeanne Shaheen said a few minutes ago, but clearly this year it is not a formality. She said that it's a real civics lesson that we've learned this year that meeting of the Electoral College is not just a formality -- Bill.

HEMMER: So many things are different and unusual this time around. One remembers the certification of the vote in Florida back on the 26th of November that was broadcast live on worldwide television. Many people will tell you that the certification of a vote is one that is normally carried out in a situation where canvassing board members just stop in on their lunch hour to go ahead and autograph and make sure signatures is in place. But, indeed, as so many things have been different election 2000, once again, we are recalled about the process in America, and the system that has been set up for a good 224 years. Live pictures there from Concord, New Hampshire, we they check in today.

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