Q. (1) Is the electoral college made up of the same people who are called delegates at a caucus?
(2) Who are the electoral college for NC? Who are the delegates for NC? Are their names made public?
(3) How are they chosen?
A. Let’s see if we can clear up some of this.
1) Maybe. Electoral College members are, according to the Electoral College, “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 candidate.”
A few people can’t be members, including members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and those who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion.
So people assigned as delegates at party caucuses or conventions can become Electoral College members. But only some of them. The parties had 175 delegates total for the Republican and Democratic primary elections, but the state’s Electoral College allocation is just 15.
2) Hey! That’s three questions! So I’ll break them down:
2.a.) They haven’t been named yet (see the answer to question 3).
2.b.) I think this is the same question, so see the answer the 2.a.
2.c.) Yes, before and after voters have chosen them — see answer 3 for a better explanation. For a list of 2012’s Electoral College members, you can visit http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/
3) Here’s the real meat-and-potatoes. And I wish the answer was really easy.
Essentially, voters pick them when we pick the presidential candidate and their political party.
Before that, though, potential Electoral College members have already been picked by the state parties at conventions, which are in May for the Republicans and in June for Democrats. Other parties, including the Libertarian Party, often also nominate slates.
After that, the names are made available at the N.C. Secretary of State’s website: www.secretary.state.nc.us
Date posted: March 30, 2016