The ritual casting of electoral votes in all 50 state capitals and the District of Columbia was scheduled to begin Monday, the first of a two-step process to certify Obama's election as the United States' 44th president, CQ Today reported.
The second part of the process is scheduled for Jan. 8, about a week before Obama takes the oath of office, when the electoral votes will be counted in a joint session of the 111th Congress.
With a 53 percent-to-46 percent win over Republican Sen. John McCain Nov. 4, Obama was the clear victor in the popular vote. Obama also will carry a good majority of electoral votes as well. He is estimated to receive 365 votes to173 votes for McCain, based on state tallies of the popular vote, CQ Today said.