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: