Montana’s three votes in the Electoral College went to Republican nominee Donald J. Trump, as expected.

This year's proceeding was different from those in years past, with then-Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch allowing audience members to speak before the electors, two of whom were alternates, filled in their ballots.

Standing in a circle in 20-degree temperatures, earlier in the day about 20 protesters struck a somber tone as they voiced their fears about a Trump administration, including climate change denial and nuclear weapons policy, sexual-assault allegations and foreign business interests.

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