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As protesters gathered outside, Kentucky's electors reaffirmed their November choice

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the part of a presidential election you typically don't see. 

After the public casts its ballots, and the numbers are tallied up state-by-state, one last vote to secure the White House is typically not seen. It's often viewed as a formality.

"The electoral college is a very strange animal," said Ron Bryant, a historian.

But if 2016 has taught us anything, it's that this election is not typical.

Demonstrators rallied on the steps on the capitol building in Frankfort on Monday, urging Kentucky electors to go rogue. 

"The bad guy shouldn't win," Mary Jerde said.

"Not my president," Cheri Via said. "Follow the money to Russia."

This electoral process is almost as old as the Constitution, itself yet many don't fully understand the way it works. 

"If someone is unfit and unqualified to hold office, then the electoral college should act and say that this person can't be president," said Wade McCallum, a protester.

It's called a faithless elector. Throughout history, few dared to switch their votes from state results, and it's never swayed a presidential election. 

The tension outside the capitol in Frankfort carried weight inside, so heavy that there wasn't even a friendly applause for the children singing the state song.

You could hear a pin drop as Kentucky's electors voted.

The results?

Kentucky's eight electors have cast their vote for Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States and Mike Pence, vice president," Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said.

All eleven Indiana electors cast their formal votes for Trump and Pence. There were similar votes in all 50 states Monday, and we did see some faithless electors refuse to go with their state's vote.

One in Minnesota was replaced after refusing to vote for Trump, and a Colorado elector was similarly replaced refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton.

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