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New York's Electoral College meets in person on Monday

New York State Capitol in Albany
New York State Capitol in Albany

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The Electoral College meets in all 50 states Monday, and in New York, officials reluctantly decided to hold the event in person, despite the rising rate of the coronavirus.

Electors include former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, U.S. senator from New York and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. Others include State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo said they are holding the event in person to avoid any potential lawsuits from attorneys for the losing candidate, President Donald Trump, who have already launched numerous unfounded court challenges to the November election.

“Apparently, the law specifically says, ‘Meet in person at the State Capitol,’ ” said Cuomo. “There’s been so much litigation about the election, we don’t want to test the law.”

The 29 electors will meet in the Capitol’s Assembly chamber, the largest meeting room in the building, designed to hold 1,045 people.

Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s chief of staff, said they hope to move quickly to limit the event to a half-hour or less.

“We are going to test everybody before they get into the room,” DeRosa said. “People are going to be more than socially distanced.”

By the end of the meetings in all of the states, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to have 306 electoral votes. That’s more than the 270 needed to be elected president. Trump is projected to have 232.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.