Who are the members of the electoral college, and did we elect them or did someone else choose them?
- Anonymous9 months ago
Each party picks a slate of electors for their state. So, if your state has 20 electoral votes then the Democrats and Republicans will each pick 20 people to fill those slots. Sometimes they're notable people, Bill Clinton served as a Democratic elector for New York in 2016, but usually they're more anonymous party figures or local government officials. When you vote for president what you're actually doing is voting for that party's slate of electors. So if the Republican candidate gets more votes in your state then the Republican slate of electors is chosen and they get to cast their ballots for president. That's done a couple weeks after the election in the state capital.
- Weasel McWeaselLv 710 months ago
the Whole process is a gobbledygook mess , cloaked in archaic rules that no one really understands.
- CliveLv 710 months ago
The parties in each state choose them. In most states, the state will pick the whole slate of electors for the winning party and they are expected to vote as they are told, so it hardly matters who they are. What you choose when you vote for president is which party's slate your state chooses. Who should then go on to vote 100% for their party's candidate.
There are no members at the moment. The states will choose them on election day in November, and then they will vote on the appointed day in December. The college then disbands as it has done its one and only job and will not form again for another 4 years. College, in this sense, just means a group of people formed to do something and the US constitution doesn't even use the word, it just mentions "electors". The electors never even meet as they are supposed to vote in their own states and the results just get sent to Washington, to be ceremonially counted by the Vice-President on 6 January.
- 10 months ago
nobody really chooses them other than the state.........makes it easy to bribe and lobby
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- Tmess2Lv 710 months ago
There are currently no members of the electoral college as the office has a one-day term -- the First Monday after the Second Wednesday in December. For the members of the past electoral colleges (at least since 1992), the United States Archives has that information on its website.
As far as electing, the voters in each state (and D.C.) elected that state's electors. When you vote for President and Vice-President, you are actually casting votes for the slate of elector's nominated by that candidate's state party (or for independent's, the slate proposed by that candidate's campaign). The process by which the party's nominate the slate of electors varies from state to state, but -- in most states -- the slate of electors is chosen either by the party's state committee or by the party's state convention..
- Jeff DLv 710 months ago
Details vary by state, but a slate of potential electors are chosen by the political parties in each state (or candidates in the case of independents) for each Presidential election. If that candidate wins the popular vote in that state, then their potential electors become the actual electors for that state.
So your vote helped decide which slate of electors is chosen.