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December 15, 2012

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Mass. electors to cast votes for Obama, Biden

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly backed President Barack Obama’s re-election last month and members of the state’s Electoral College will make that vote official next week.

On Monday, the state’s 11 electors will cast their ballots for Obama during a Statehouse ceremony.

The electors are scheduled to gather in the Massachusetts House chamber at 3 p.m. where they will be sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Massachusetts voters chose the electors when they cast more than 60 percent of their votes for the Democratic presidential ticket in November.

Electors will cast separate ballots for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Once the electoral ballots are tabulated, the votes are sent by registered mail to the president of the United States Senate, the archivist of the United States and the federal judge of the Massachusetts District.

Group of all 56 signers of Declaration on sale

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A rare collection of Revolutionary War-era autographs is going on the auction block in New Hampshire.

The complete set of all 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence is expected to fetch more than $1 million at an auction in Nashua on Saturday afternoon.

Amherst-based auction house RR Auction calls it the ultimate accomplishment in American autograph collecting, with only 40 complete collections of Declaration signers known in existence. Most of the signatures in the collection for sale are part of historically significant letters written by the Founding Fathers, not cut-out signatures or signatures on routine documents that are part of some Declaration signer collections.

The auction is being held at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

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