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What is the Electoral College?
It is a group of 538 people, chosen by the states and the District of Columbia, that are
responsible for electing the President and Vice President of the United
States. When you cast your vote for a presidential/vice-presidential ticket, you
are actually casting a vote for the slate of electors in your state
that were chosen to represent that ticket in the Electoral College.
How are electors chosen?
Each state determines how electors are chosen. In most states, political parties determine their electors.
are allocated electors based on their number of Congressional
legislators. For example, Colorado is entitled to nine electors because
it has two members of the U.S. Senate and seven members of the U.S.
House of Representatives. The District of Columbia is entitled to 3
electors by virtue of the 23rd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
to be elected, a presidential/vice-presidential ticket must receive at
least 270 Electoral College votes, which amounts to a majority of the
votes cast by the 538 electors.
How does Colorado nominate its members of the Electoral College?
Nominating Presidential Electors 
- Each Colorado political party nominates delegates to its national
convention during the state party conventions. During these assemblies,
the parties also nominate their Electoral College electors.
- Unaffiliated presidential candidates may access the ballot in
Colorado either by petition or by submitting a statement of intent and a
$500 filing fee. In either case, each unaffiliated candidate must also
submit a list of presidential elector nominees when the candidate files
with the Secretary of State.
- Write-in presidential candidates may also access the ballot in
Colorado. Each write-in candidate must submit a list of presidential
elector nominees when the candidate files with the Secretary of State.
When do Colorado's presidential electors meet?
Meeting of the Presidential Electors 
- Following the presidential election, Colorado’s nine designated
electors meet in the Governor’s office to cast their votes for president
and vice president. In 2012, the electors will meet on December 17,
which is the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.
- Under Colorado law, each presidential elector must vote for the
presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the highest
number of votes in Colorado’s General Election.
Where can I find more information about the Electoral College?
Visit the National Archives and Records Administration website at: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/.
I have more questions.
Contact the Elections Division at 303-869-4938, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 1-4-302 & 1-4-303, C.R.S.
 1-4-304, C.R.S.