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Electoral College, Maine Law

Maine Law, Title 21-A, regarding
Presidential Electors

[Governing the procedure for the Electoral College in Maine 2004]

§801. Election

In a presidential election year, the presidential electors shall be chosen at the general election.

1. Vote for presidential candidate construed. A vote for the candidate for President is a vote for the presidential electors nominated by the candidate’s political party or by petition.

§802. Representation

One presidential elector shall be chosen from each congressional district and 2 at large.

§803. Duties of Governor

As soon as possible after the presidential electors are chosen, the Governor shall send a certificate of the determination of the electors to the Archivist of the United States under the state seal. The certificate shall state the names of the electors and the number of votes which each received. The Governor shall deliver 6 certificates under the state seal to the electors on or before the first Monday after the 2nd Wednesday of December, following their election.

§804. Meeting in convention

The presidential electors shall convene in the House Chamber in Augusta at 2 p.m. on the first Monday after the 2nd Wednesday of December following their election. If any electors are not present, the electors present shall fill the vacancy by majority vote.

§805. Convention duties

1. Separate ballots. When convened as required by section 804, the presidential electors shall each cast separate ballots for President and Vice President, at least one of whom must not be a resident of this State.

2. Presidential electors. The presidential electors at large shall cast their ballots for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the largest number of votes in the State. The presidential An elector reviews one of everal documents to be signed electors of each congressional district shall cast their ballots for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the largest number of votes in each respective congressional district.

3. Certificate prepared and sent. The presidential electors shall make and subscribe to 6 certificates containing the number of votes cast separately for President and Vice President. They shall attach one of the lists of electors furnished them by the Governor to each certificate. They shall seal each certificate and attached list in an envelope stating that a certificate of the votes of this State for President and Vice President is contained inside.

4. Envelope sent immediately.

4-A. Certificates sent immediately. The presidential electors shall send immediately by registered mail one certificate to the President of the Senate of the United States and 2 certificates to the Archivist of the United States in Washington, D.C. The presidential electors shall deliver 2 certificates to the Secretary of State, who shall hold one of them subject to the order of the President of the Senate of the United States and shall retain the other for public inspection for one year. The presidential electors shall deliver one certificate to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

§806. Compensation of electors and employees

The presidential electors shall be paid $10 a day for each day actually and necessarily employed in the performance of their duties and necessary expenses, including travel expenses, at the same rate as that paid to members of the Legislature. The presidential electors may hire necessary clerical employees who shall be paid a reasonable compensation established by the electors.

Additional resources

Maine Department of Secretary of State

National Archives at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/

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