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Electoral College Contacts: How to Write the Electors

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The electoral college meeting, where electors will put in their votes for the President of the United States, is on December 19, just a week away. Some people have been organizing and writing electors with the hope that they’ll change their minds, become “faithless” electors and turn aside from their state’s popular vote.

The members of each state’s electoral college are selected by their state’s political party to cast ballots in a vote on December 19. They typically vote for the person who won the popular vote in their state, but there are no federal law or constitutional requirements that force them to do this. In many states, electors can become faithless electors and switch their vote to a different candidate — in fact, anyone that they wish. However, some states use laws or pledges to bind their electors to vote for a specific candidate. The penalty for breaking this pledge isn’t typically severe. According to Inverse, the charge is typically a misdemeanor and a fine of about $1,000.

With this in mind, some people are writing and trying to convince the electors to change their minds. This can be difficult, however, because electors are sometimes party officials or loyal Democrats or Republicans who aren’t likely to change their vote. We’ve gathered a complete list of electors that you can read here.

If you’re interested in writing to the electors, a few websites have compiled lists of their emails or addresses so you can contact them. However, these sites haven’t been verified, so we can’t confirm that all the information is correct.

Right now, one of the most popular sites for contacting electors is AskTheElectors.org. You can click on a simple red button on homepage, and a popup window will appear that helps you craft a letter to the electors. After you write the letter, a new window with the electors’ emails and your email text will appear. You can then copy the emails into your own client or use the “send via MailTo” or “Send via Gmail” choices. Some people are sharing the letters they’ve written openly on the website. This site does not contain a complete list of electors’ emails, as there 538 electors and it appears that less than 200 are on the email list. Even accounting for a list that only includes Trump’s 306 votes, this is still far short of that total.

You can also get names and addresses of electors from public records. As each state turned in its certificates of ascertainment, listing who was appointed as electors, the documents will be posted at the official U.S. Electoral College website. Some states include contact information for the electors in their certificates. You can see the updated certificates here. So far, the states with posted certificates include Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming.

lFor a complete list of who the electors are, please see our story below:

Electoral College Names: Who Are the Electors Who Will Vote for President?

What are the names of the electors who are voting for president in the electoral college? We have the full list of names right here.

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  1. As your Black friend, I’d like to ask that you please not do this. Trump won. He outworked Hilary Clinton – two and three rallies a day, making two hour speeches while she gave pressers in controlled environments when she felt like it. He had the better ideas and he won. Its as simple as that. The media would rather make it seem that more than half of this country is racist rather than face the fact that one of the biggest reasons he won was the “anti-corruption” vote against Clinton. She was under three investigations. They still haven’t addressed the allegations that she made her look do absolutely corrupt and sihonest. Even framing this as Russina interference is not helping because if Russia did not hack the voting systems or cast fake ballots, if all they did was expose her, then wow – we should be thanking them for doing what our prestitute media won’t. He won. Lets give him a chance.

    • As a black, and white, and Native American friend: Actually, Trump has won nothing. HRC won the popular vote. The electors haven’t met yet. Trump cannot have possibly “outrun” Clinton because he has zero experience to her lifetime. His cabinet picks and hypocritical stances since the election should be enough to turn any Trump supporter against him. He lied to us and it’s already a ticking time bomb. I hope everyone reading your comment opts for real news, real experience, and real proof of effectiveness.

      • I think you have lost your rational mind. Do you not know of the of the Evil 50+ murders that are around the Clintons!! This is the exact type of politicians that have caused the Blacks and Native Americans to be squashed as a people. Hillary has been recorded of how she hates Blacks…look it up on You Tube. Turn off your controlled news from TV “the Real Fake Media ABC/CBS/NBC/etc….’ and get online and see the real news. They are blinding you…wake up. Being a politician is not a credible occupation for the old saying goes there are two types of people that never pay for their decisions and they are KINGS/QUEENS and POLITICIANS!! I am white and 11th greatt-grand-daughter of Chief Tayac Kittamaquund of the Piscataway Indian Nation of which I am most proud of. I am over 75 years old and have seen what America once was and she is crumbling before my eyes. I lived through WWII and believe you ME we are heading that way again with the Parkinson/Kuru Diseased Hillary Clinton – she works for George Soros and CIA is run by the Vatican [not the good Catholics by any means] they want to bring down AMERICA so they can set up the New World Order and then you’ll have no rights. READ AGENDA 21 and see what is in store for you my Native American friend, they are doing it again to you through Hillary!! Trump is a businessman and a damn good one. USA is not a republic anymore it is a Corporation, so then Trump is ideal to get our debts paid, balance our budget and reclaim our freedoms and rights back to Americans a Free People NOT INSTITUTIONALIZED BY THE NWO

        • I can’t believe you’re actually quoting YouTube as your new source?!?! OMG!!! Are you freekin’ kidding me? Or are you that desperate? Anybody can put ANYTHING on YouTube. I prefer sources that have published journalistic standards that the public can hold them accountable for, as well as an established vetting system. What are YouTube’s standards, who does its vetting? Between YouTube, Alex Jones, etc., . . .I bet you believe Survivor is real too!
          S

        • Trump couldn’t make money running casinos . . . he’s a serial bankruptcy filer, for chrisss sakes. . . and this is the guy you claim is going to balance our budget–what Kool Aid have you been drinking??? And I don’t know what country you pledge the allegiance to when you salute the flag, but my pledge includes, “to the republic for which it stands” . . . You may have chosen to surrender this country and your rights to Trump and the rest of the global oligarchs, but my love for this country will not allow me to sell my soul to the devil, so I will fight will all the non-violent, legal means available, and keep this country an open, free society, and not Putin’s playground.

        • i don’t know what you are but out of your mind is one….if you think trump is going to help you with anything you are so wrong and if you think is campaign is acceptable your one of the worst…..i am scared to think that this will be the last of America we will ever see if he gets in…h is going to take your health care and raise your taxes not unless your in his so called class n your taxes will be lowered…..you think it’s ok to have a sexual predator that makes no difference what age you are to force himself on….one other of worst things are to be in close relations with a enemy of the country in which he is so far in debt to them , probably why they helped him to keep close eye on him n their money……he loves the thought of war n especially if it can be nuclear…..so all i can say to you if you believe all you just wrote i really feel sorry for you when it all blows up in your face

        • No you have lost your MIND!!!! And so has the electoral voters!!!!! ARE THEY STUPID OR WHAT????????? HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!!!! Most of the the electoral voters must have been REPUBLICANS OF COURSE. THEY ARE STUPID!!!!How is Trump going to help us financially when he had to file bankruptcy himself!!! Trump is not a very intelligent person. “stupid”, and he is going to mess everything up in our country. Trump is a hot head and will probably have us in a war. And all the people he put in his cabinet is ridiculous, billionaires??????Most of the people he put in his cabinet do not have any experience whatsoever! Remember, Hillary Clinton won not trump!!SHE SHOULD BE OUR PRESIDENT NOT TRUMP!!!!!

      • I don’t know about you, but I live in the United States of America, which is represented by 50 states, not just New York and California. We have the electoral college for a very good reason and that is to give give all states equal representation in our elections. Yes, Hillary won the popular vote, but then again she won California by over 4 million votes. By touting this constant line of the popular vote, you are promoting California as being the entire United States. California alone cannot and should never be the sole decider of any Federal election. Remove the California and we can say Donald Trump won not only the electoral college, but also the popular vote. I am sad that the progressives have sunk so low as to try to dismantle the American Republic. It seems all those protesting the results, believe no one is allowed to have a different opinion them them.

        • b, many of your points are valid . . . but I find it hard to believe that your reasons for maintaining the electoral college have to do with giving all states equal representation. Am I to believe that you also support states, such as Texas, that do not require its electoral college to vote for any particular candidate?

          I can’t believe that Trump voters sunk so low as to support a self-admitted racist and a misogynist.

          BTW, what’s your take on his keeping Melania in hiding?

      • Sorry sore loser, but the way elections work in America is that the winner is the one that gets the most electoral votes, not popular and many illegal votes in large population centers, many of which are in CA (which also has the most illegal voters and illegal migrants who have an entitlement mentality by far.
        Trump did not focus on getting the popular vote, but on winning the most electoral votes, which is what counts. The popular vote is a red herring, and thankfully the founding fathers had enough foresight to not allow a dominant and large single state like CA determine the outcome for all the other states in the US.

        Trump took the popular vote of all the 49 states excluding CA. Hillary got the extra popular vote all from the extra couple of million illegal and dead persons voting in CA. I live in the most conservative county in CA, and we have NEVER gone blue and have over 60% republicans (used to be 90% but too many illegals). It is also a county that is the home to probably the largest illegal immigrant population in the country, with the exception of LA county. We went blue, indicating MASSIVE illegal immigrant voter fraud by at least a hundred thousand in that county alone.

        People have analyzed voter fraud from past elections. Wake up, voter fraud is huge in this country and has been since at least JFK, when it was first perpetrated on the country in the Chicago area. Educate yourself and watch the former New York election commissioner admit on video (see project Veritas) that the dems have been stealing elections and bussing people around for multiple votes for the last 50 years! They did this in Arkansas and that is how Clinton became governor there with his reign of terror and the term Arkencide. (also see the video on YouTube, the Clinton Chronicles for testimony by former Clinton hit squad man Larry Nichols.)

        You have been turned into a know nothing by too much ingestion of the MSM propaganda. I suppose that you think that it was Lee Harvey Oswald and a single bullet that killed Kennedy. The CIA is the biggest propaganda liars ever, Kenneday wanted to get rid of them and “shred them in a thousand pieces”. They were responsible for killing JFK, as has come out.

        They are the same evil ones that are now trying to set up Trump for evil also. Pray, pray, pray that the God of Heaven will have mercy on us and our country and deliver us from the evil plans of these Satanic, global forces, in the matchless name of the Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

        • Hey, thought you folks were big on states’ rights??? So, the states that allow its electoral college to vote for the candidate of their choice.

          I do pray that Don-the-Devil will be non-violently and legally removed from office as soon as possible, before godless Russia takes us over.

        • “Trump took the popular vote of all the 49 states excluding CA . . .” where the f$ck do you get your news? OMG, even the most rabid Trump defenders don’t even claim that one! Jeez Louise, get some help, buddy–and quick!

    • We see what he is doing as a precursor of what is to come, and it is frightening. He makes bad choices, won’t communicate, denounces anything that doesn’t seem to favor him. When does he get exposed for all his misdeeds? As Michael Moore states, ” He will get us all killed.” Arrogance does not belong in the White House if we are going to maintain our position as a forward thinking nation. We need forward thinking individuals who can project beyond their own egos. The future of this country does not depend on going back to some mythical better time. The future is in evaluating what is happening in the world and being innovators for future peace, coexistence, survival–an enviable model that others will have to imitate because nothing is better.

  2. Please please change your vote!! I am a common person crying for our country He is everything against what we are as a welcoming country. And now Russia conniction Please Please change your vote to anyone else.

    • DO NOT CHANGE YOUR VOTE — It is not Russia it IS Hillary Clinton!!! along with the CIA; George Soros; and all those that want the New World Order so they can get richer and the poor and middle class will be their slaves. READ AGENDA 21 and see what they have in store for you. We have always been a welcoming country that was the way we were founded. WE MUST FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW!!! and those wanting to inhabit our America must also follow the laws of immigration. WE NEED A BUSINESSMAN NOT A POLITICIAN WE’VE ALREADY TRIED THAT CLASS OF PEOPLE FOR YEARS AND LOOK WHAT WE’VE GOTTEN OURSELVES INTO!!

    • Give it up, it is NOT Russia, it is Hillary Clinton and the progressives. They have tried everything to try and invalidate this election.. Recounts, threatening the electors and continually beating the racist drum. DHS stated over a week ago the Russia did NOT hijack this election, but now that all else has failed they are drumming up this lie. Not only the progressives but also the “Never Trumpers” on the Republican side. You would believe Brennan and Clapper????? Really?? These folks have lied in previous testimony when it would suit their purpose and you would believe them now? And let me ask, where is our Justice department at???? Why are they not investigating the death threats and harassment of the electors. They are derelict in their duty. It seems they are only in office to protect some of the people, not all of the people.

    • You most Likely are a COMMUNIST Party Member! Hillary is Also A Member and Pedo Sex Ring Mastermind Which you Also may Belong! You Should Live in China bc your not wanted HERE!

  3. Take a different vote for our country Please please russia immigriants climate he would be the worst for what we believe in Doesn’t even want to have briefings and here about the world problems with briefings thats the job!! please please change your vote

  4. Thanks to Wikileaks, the corruption of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation has been exposed. She and others will be held accountable for the disgusting, treasonous abominations that have occurred in this country and others. The Wikileaks-Podesta emails were not leaked or hacked by Russia. They were leaked by an insider in the DNC.

    • We need WhistleBlowers in America because of the corruption at the topmost parts of our government; like the CIA, the Clinton Foundation, sick Hillary who has not the brain or stamina to be President of our America; and when she cannot perform – it will be eX-President Willy Billy. THANK YOU JULIAN ASANGE AND SNOWDON for your courageous acts to inform the people of America.
      THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE MASSES HAVE RISEN AND ARE NOT FOOLED ANYMORE BY THE LIKES OF THE CLINTONS.
      VOTE AS YOU WERE ELECTED TO! Otherwise you are a liar to this country, and shame on you!!!

      • THE PARANOIA OF THE MASSES HAVE RISEN–however, even when it all comes crashing down, you’ll probably blame Obama . . . or Hillary . . . anybody but Don-the-Con . . .

    • And we are all amazed that with so many citizens for him that you should even dare to want to steal this election. Get a grip, grow up and accept the results.

      • b, As long as its the law of the land, I will abide by the electoral college’s decision . . . but more people were for HIllary, so how would that be stealing, given many states allow electoral college voters to vote for the candidate of their choice . . . let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room–that the only people stealing this election is Donnie’s good buddy, Putin!!

  5. I’m getting very angry at the Clinton campaign, that is now conducting a last ditch effort to sway the electoral college by lawsuits, and even by direct threats. John Podesta is a bastard. I think the democrats are actually trying to start a civil war in this country. They are all a bunch of whining, sore losers that didn’t get their way. Along with all of that, their friend, George Soros is the one funding their protesters, and makes donations to the Clinton’s, and the corrupt Clinton Foundation. If I could, I would run Soros and all of the democrats out of this country. Perhaps they want a civil war. If that be the case, they will get one.

    • In my fantasies, if I could, I would run all Trump and all his supporters out of the country . . . but to do that, I would have to violate the Constitution . . . and the Constitution is too integral to this country to undermine it b denying people its freedoms.

  6. I am begging you to please keep your vote for Donald Trump. Please stop the Liberals/Democrats from being selfish–they had a Democrat for 8 years. Now is is our turn! This is the first time in eight years that I feel like a proud and true American again. Please don’t take that away from us. We the people have voted fro Donald Trump and he won legally. I voted for Obama the first time–however, I did not for the second time. We need change — I will pray that you will make the right choice. Help to make America great again by casting your vote for Donald Trump. God bless you and God Bless America!

  7. Dear electors! I have not considered needing to write to you throughout the recent anti American behavior of massive riots when the Democratic candidate lost, Democrats temper tantrums, useless and costly recounts to attempt to thwart the American voters’ will and disenfranchisement of our greatest liberty, our rights to vote, and attacks against the electoral college itself. I haven’t felt any need to question your integrity when some of you have been cajoled and threatened to break the trust of your electors? I still believe in your integrity and ask that you see this latest attempt to disenfranchise our votes for what it is- a vague, unprovable attempt to cause doubt over Wiki leaks that only showed truth not misrepresented facts? Please keep the faith in our country going and honor the will of your voters.

  8. I am using the information on contacting the electors to encourage them to Vote for Trump. They need to know that the Republican voters support them, and that they should do their duty and vote on behalf of the voters who voted in their state. This attempt to influence the electors to vote against the will of the voter is dangerous for democracy. To use Hillary’s own words “It’s appalling that a presidential nominee of a major party is undermining the pillar of our democracy—just because (s)he hates losing.” It’s also appalling that Clinton’s supporters would go this low, and try to usurp the democratic process, by attempting to influence and even threaten electors. These people do not represent the people and follow delusions of their own self-righteous minds, overlooking the countless crimes committed by Clinton, too many to name here, and somehow think she is a better choice. Trump is no saint, but Hillary is a criminal, and has already subjected our nation to security breaches and even hacking by at least five nations, which endangered our nation and lives, all to hide her nefarious emails from our own government’s security and scrutiny. And despite this all, the only “hacking” her team is concerned with is the one they falsely claim cost her the election. No Hillary, your own immoral character, lies, criminal behavior, deceitfulness, untrustworthiness, and hatefulness toward others who believe differently from you, is what cost you the election.

    Contact your elector today and encourage them to Vote the Will of the People and Vote for Trump.

    • Allegations do not make anyone a criminal. Our law states that one is innocent until proven guilty. Please provide legal convictions of Hillary on which your judgments are based. Free speech does not give anyone the freedom to degrade any person’s character. Free speech allows us all to pursue justice under our Constitution. As an equal member of “we the people, I thank you for hearing my side of this.

    • Crystal, you need to look up in the dictionary for what it means to “debate the issues.” Your fact-free, ad hominem attacks are undermine the very goals you are trying to achieve.

  9. as a 74 yr old patriot, my wife and I support our President-Elect just as many Americans Supported Past presidents. Please allow our New Government to focus on rebuilding our Country as a “light” for other Nations. We are the most Unique Country in the free world and do not need to be slaves to Globalism. Hillary Clinton lost because of her desire for power to control the will of individualism in American. She has not been truthful in my view. the electoral college was established long ago by the Founding Fathers of this great nation. Honor your position and responsibility to the college and the American People. Thank You and May God bless all of you!

    • “Slaves to globalism” . . . what a crock . . . Trump is the ultimate globalist . . . manufactures his goods overseas . . . does deals in Russia–home of the oligarchs . . . you are deluding yourself–and badly!

  10. I voted against Clinton and the past 8 years of the Obama agenda. The Russians affecting this election is a ludicrous as martians landing and voting– and all republican martians. Most people knew weeks before, who they were voting for. The “silent majority” has spoken on Nov 8 2016. They spoke about perverted, dangerous restroom policies, mandated medical insurance payments, Christian persecution, increased racial tension, cops being shot, good jobs leaving the Country and different laws for different people. We want change. We’re sick and tired of being lied to. Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt candidate that ever had the gall to run for President. That list is just too long. Look at Trumps rallies vs Clinton. Look at the response he got from the fans at the Army Navy game. The writing is on the wall. If the liberal media hadn’t convinced everyone that Clinton had it in the bad, liberal voters would not be this upset. Most of the Country does not want to live by the voters in California and the north east in a popular vote. Trump overwhelmingly won the most Counties and the most States. The liberals are trying to overturn (steal) an election. This has never been done before and should never happen.

    • Now I know why so many Trump supporters are paranoid–it’s the only way they can believe what they say. OMG, what would they do if they couldn’t parrot terms such as “fake news,””Lyin Hillary,” liberal media . . . your belief that you hold monopoly on the truth is a product of your ignorance and arrogance.

  11. HEY,

    Remember the “OATH” that you took to represent your states countrymen and woman. The Electoral College is now being TESTED. It is in our Constitution for this very reason.

    DON’T SELL OUT. DON’T GIVE IN TO FEAR. You need to think of your own bloodline. Your “FREE” Grand Children are depending on YOU today.

    Your Forefathers did the same for you. Just for this time in History. So you could set in this seat at this MOMENTOUS moment.

    Sign your name. Take PRIDE in your HONOR, that you are doing the right thing. Today, protect and represent the seat you sit in; for tomorrow’s generations to come.

    Make them proud; your Forefathers’ sacrifices and Life struggles matter. Your creation is no mistake, DONT MAKE ONE NOW.

    A secrete handshake, wink and a nod may satisfy the few and fool the many. But failure in your solemn duty to the many will condemn us all.

    Do Not Tread On Me. Or Your Children’s Children.

    Your Patriot,

    +SCOPE+

  12. As a United States citizen I am asking that Hillary Clinton is put in office. He won the majority of the peoples vote and should be elected. Mr Trump wth his relationship to Mr Putin and the way in which he won the election is a danger to our country. The electoral college was put in place to keep such an unfit person as Mr Trump out of our beloved white house. There has never been anything criminal activiy proven against Mrs. Clinton but much have been proven against Mr. Trump. Mrs Clinton has the ability and the intelligence to run our country. I am 77 years old and have voted both democrat and republican over my years and I feel very strongly that Mr.Trump will ruin us as a nation by fattening his own wallet and perhaps getting us in a nuclear war. Thank you for listening to me.

  13. This has nothing to do with black and white. Who cares about that . This is about Trump acting like a king or a Italian hit boss . He is a thief. He stole the election . I have watched Trump for over twenty years how he takes from people because he thinks he is better than others. He does not believe in free speech. This is not that kind of a country . We are the free world . Black , white, red, green we will all lose .

  14. Dear Electors: You are all a bunch of spineless, gutless worms who have just destroyed this country. I hope you’re proud of yourselves, you cowards.