Electoral College set to affirm Obama re-election

The final electoral votes in the 2012 election are being cast. The process is a constitutional formality on President Obama's march to a second term.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Tradition is trumping suspense as members of the Electoral College cast the final, official votes in an exhausting presidential election.

The rite playing out in state capitols involves party luminaries and tireless activists carrying out the will of their state's voters. The popular vote from each state dictates whether Democratic and Republican electors get the honor. But the outcome is not in doubt.

President Barack Obama is on course to get 332 votes to GOP challenger Mitt Romney's 206, barring defectors.

In New Hampshire, electors supporting Obama signed their four ballots and sealed the envelopes with wax that has been in the secretary of state's office for more than 70 years.

The ballots head to Washington, where Congress will count them on Jan. 6.