Easthampton mayor to cast vote for Biden in Electoral College 

  • Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 11/18/2020 11:03:18 AM

EASTHAMPTON – Mayor Nicole LaChapelle will get to enjoy a singular honor on Dec. 14 when she gets to vote for Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President as one of Massachusetts’ 11 electors in the Electoral College this year.

“It’s a privilege,” LaChapelle said. “That it’s for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is extra special.”

The mayor will get to cast her vote because Biden and Harris, the Democratic nominees for president and vice president, won Massachusetts this year and LaChapelle is part of the state’s Democratic slate of electors. She was selected by the Democratic State Committee.

LaChapelle said that the ceremony for the electors casting their votes in Massachusetts will be truncated because of the pandemic. It will take place in the state House of Representatives, and may just involve the electors and the Secretary of the Commonwealth, LaChapelle said. The mayor also said masks will be worn and that the ceremony will be live-streamed.

LaChapelle said that one of the reasons she sought to become a Democratic party elector this year was because it’s the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States. She noted that she’ll be voting for America’s first woman to serve as vice president and that her ability to do so was made possible by “hundreds of thousands of women before me.”

The mayor said she wouldn’t have an issue if the Electoral College, the process by which the United States elects its president, was eliminated.

“I think we’d do just fine with a popular vote,” she said.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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