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Jan. 8, 2009--Following the meetings of the electors in the fifty states and the District of Columbia on December 15 (>), Congress met in joint session to count the electoral votes.  The process required about forty minutes from the time Vice President Dick Cheney and a procession brought two wooden boxes containing the certificates of vote into the House chamber to when he hammered the session to a close (>).  (Below) House staffers open the boxes.  The blue box contained ceremonial pens.

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