BarCo commissioner to vote in Electoral College
Warren: 'Southwest Missouri spoke loudly their wishes, and I won't disappoint'
On Dec. 19, Barry County Commissioner Cherry Warren will be one of only 10 Missourians still voting for a president.
Selected by members of the 7th Congressional District, Warren is one of the state's 10 members of the Electoral College who will cast their votes for President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence.
"It's my first time on the Electoral College, and I was nominated by my peers at the 7th District Convention back in May," he said. "I'll be representing all of southwest Missouri."
Warren said he had not thought much about the selection after it happened, but he is excited about it now.
"It's more exciting today than back then because of how the election turned out," he said. "I get to vote for the winner, and that makes it more interesting for me."
Warren said it is an added benefit to vote in alignment with his home county, and surrounding counties, including Stone, Taney, McDonald, Newton, Jasper, Lawrence, Green, Christian and Polk.
"I thought Barry county's vote was a good vote for Trump, as was all of of southwest Missouri," he said. "They all voted for Trump, pretty well all over the state."
Based on unofficial returns, Barry County had 14,830 votes cast, or almost 73 percent turnout. Countywide, the Trump/Pence ticket earned 78 percent of the vote.
Warren said while electors are able to change their votes, he does not see it happening.
"I have gotten several phone calls and emails, and I think the people I represent in southwest Missouri spoke loudly their wishes, and I won't disappoint," he said.
Warren said while he knows the date of the vote is Dec. 19, he has still not been told a location, but said he expects it will be in Jefferson City.
"I think it will be exciting to go and vote, and it goes in the Congressional record," he said.
For Warren, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"I've been involved in this process about my whole life," he said. "But, I probably won't be nominated for it again. It's an honor for my peers to nominate me, and I appreciate it especially because I'm not from a large county."
As of Monday night, according to the Associated Press, Trump had accumulated 60,375,961 total votes and 290 Electoral College votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 61,047,207 total votes and 232 Electoral College votes.
Michigan has still yet to be called, as Trump was holding a nearly 12,000 vote lead out of the more than 4.5 million votes between the two candidates.
If Clinton holds on to the popular vote lead, it would mark only the fifth time in history the candidate with the most total votes did not win the Electoral College vote.
Trump's inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2017.