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Officials: Swearing-in Tickets to Congressional Offices on Monday

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies will distribute the tickets for Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony to congressional offices at noon Monday. The tickets will then be available for pickup from the various offices sometime next week, though the announcement did not offer details on pickups. Most Congressional officials have already held lotteries or figured out other ways to select the residents who will receive the tickets.

There are 240,000 tickets available for the inaugural ceremonies. Ticket-holders will be required to go through security checkpoints and are asked to arrive at the Mall between 8 and 9 a.m. The ceremony starts at 11:30, at which time the security line will be closed with no more people allowed in. Those without tickets can come to the Mall to watch from farther back and will not have to go through special security at the Mall. There will also be 22 Jumbotrons set up on the Mall to broadcast the event live.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 9, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  | Category:  Swearing-in Ceremony
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You need to have patience to get these things - I signed on to ticketmaster at 1PM and kept trying until I finally snagged 3 tix. Those who are used to instant gratification - your loss. There was just so much net traffic it took longer than one might usually experience.

Posted by: u028021 | January 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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