Connecticut's seven electors have formally cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, winner of the state's presidential election.
The electors, all Democrats, chose Clinton for president and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine for vice president in Monday's solemn ceremony. held in the state Senate chamber.
While the outcome was expected, about 50 protesters rallied outside the state Capitol, expressing concern with the Electoral College process.
Some Connecticut electors say it's time to scrap or considering changing the Electoral College System. Clinton won the nationwide popular vote.
Deputy House Speaker Bob Godfrey of Danbury was selected as chairman of the electors. He thanked his fellow electors for their confidence in him to lead, and for being there to perform their Constitutional duty.
Godfrey called it the real Election Day. He says it's being done though during a troublesome time nationally and internationally, and he emphasized the importance of the vote.
Godfrey called the opportunity to be an elector the highest point of his political career, which is lengthy. But he says it's the first position he's ever held that he would like to do away with. Godfrey says there should be a direct election for President, as is done with every other elected officials in the United States of America, down to dog catcher.