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Who ARE the Electors?
Where to find the names of your state's electors
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"EC votes should all be cast in such a way as to reflect the actual popular vote of each state regardless of how many people each EC vote represents."

"Close your eyes and imagine the race in 2012 with no electoral college and the popular vote differential within 10,000 votes. Imagine 50 Floridas."

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Question: Are the electors of the Electoral College real people? Do they have names? What qualifies them to be electors? Where is this information listed, and is it public information?

Who electors are and how they are picked
The electors of the Electoral College are real people. How they are selected is determined by both state law and the rules of the political parties. According to the U.S. Office of the Federal Register, "Generally, the political parties nominate electors at their State party conventions or by a vote of the party's central committee in each State. Electors are often selected to recognize their service and dedication to their political party. They may be State elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political affiliation with the Presidential candidate. Then the voters in each State choose the electors on the day of the general election. The electors' names may or may not appear on the ballot below the name of the candidates running for President, depending on the procedure in each State."

Qualifications of electors
Basically, if the states say the elector is qualified, the elector is qualified. The U.S. Constitution states only that, "no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector." -- Article II. section 1, clause 2

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