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Election Day was Tuesday, November 6, 2012
*Who are the Electors?*
What are the qualifications to be an Elector?
The U.S. Constitution contains very few provisions relating to the
qualifications of Electors. Article II, section 1, clause 2 provides that
no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or
Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector. As a
historical matter, the 14th Amendment provides that State officials who
have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States or
given aid and comfort to its enemies are disqualified from serving as
Electors. This prohibition relates to the post-Civil War era.
Each state’s Certificates of Ascertainment confirms the names of its
appointed electors. A state’s certification of its electors is generally
sufficient to establish the qualifications of electors.
Who selects the Electors?
The process for selecting Electors varies throughout the United States.
Generally, the political parties nominate Electors at their State party
conventions or by a vote of the party’s central committee in each State.
Each candidate will have their own unique slate of potential Electors as a
result of this part of the selection process.
Electors are often chosen to recognize 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
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Electoral College map showing the results of the 2012 U.S. presidential
election. President Barack Obama (D-IL) won the popular vote in 26 states
and the District of Columbia (denoted in blue) to capture 332 electoral
votes. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) won the popular vote in 24 states
(denoted in red) to capture 206 electoral votes.
Cartogram representation of the Electoral College vote for the 2012
election, with each square representing one electoral vote.
The *United States Electoral College* is the institution that officially
elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four
years. The President and Vice President are not elected directly by the
voters. Instead, they are elected by "electors" who are chosen by popular
vote on a state-by-state basis.^ Electors are apportioned to each state
and the District of Columbia, but not to territorial possessions of the
United States, such as Puerto Rico and Guam. The number of electors in each
state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is
entitled,^ while the Twenty-third Amendment has granted the District of
Columbia with the minimum number of electors permissible for a state, which
is currently three. In total, there are 538 electors, based on there being
435 representatives and 100 senators, plus the three electors from
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