Tennessee State Seal
Tennessee Electoral Votes Cast for Mitt Romney
(Published: December 17, 2012)

Eleven Electoral College representatives from across Tennessee met in Nashville Monday to cast the state’s presidential votes for Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate, Paul Ryan.

Like most states, Tennessee’s votes in the Electoral College are allocated based on a “winner take all” system – which means the electors pledged to award all 11 of the state’s votes to the candidate who received the highest amount of votes statewide in the Nov. 6 general election.

Results of Monday’s meeting of the electors will be forwarded to Washington, D.C., where Congress is scheduled to meet in a joint session Jan. 6 to accept the results from all 50 states.

Tennessee’s electoral votes are determined by its proportional share of the United States population. The electors this year were:

There were also two alternate electors – D.J. (Daniel) King and Brad Smith, both of Nashville. (Smith filled the vacancy for Andy Adams.)

The Electoral College process for selecting a president is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution and has been in place since the 1780s.