The vote did not end Tuesday.
What you are really voting for are electors who will vote after you vote. And, surprising as it may seem, the electors do not have to vote for the candidate your state chooses. They can vote any way they wish.
HowStuffWorks explains how you get to be an elector:
- The elector is nominated by his or her state party committee (perhaps to reward many years of service to the party).
- The elector “campaigns” for a spot and the decision is made during a vote held at the state’s party convention.
- He or she cannot be a representative or senator
- He or she cannot be a high-ranking U.S. official in a position of “trust or profit”
- He or she cannot be someone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S.
HowStuffWorks goes on to point out that there are 48 “winner-take-all” states and two states that are “district system” states:
So how do you know who will represent you? Here are some answers from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration:
- The 2004 certificates of ascertainment list the approved electors for the 2004 presidential election.
- After the November general election, the 2008 certificates of ascertainment will be posted online as quickly as possible following their receipt by the Office of the Federal Register.
Generally, each state’s electors vote at their respective state capitols. Each state determines whether the voting is open to the public.
To find out if your state’s meeting of electors is open to the public and if so, what the process is to view the vote, contact your:
Check the Ohio Secretary of State’s web site at http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/electResultsMain/2004ElectionsResults/04-1102Precint-By-Precinct.aspx