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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700051: Electoral College by Loyal Millett

ARTICLE VI: SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS, New Section.

Catchline: Electoral College

 

(a) PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS.

(1) In compliance with the United States Constitution, the State shall have a number of presidential electors equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State is entitled in the United States Congress.

(2) Any person, who meets such qualifications as herein provided, may apply to serve as a presidential elector in any year in which the President and Vice-President of the United States are elected. No person may apply to serve as a presidential elector unless:

(I) He/she is a United States citizen

(II) He/she is a registered voter of the State of Florida.

(III) He/she is at least 18 years of age.

(IV) He/she is officially affiliated with any registered political party.

(3) The Secretary of State shall cause to be created, on the official internet website of the Secretary of State, an electronic registration form to allow any person, who meets the aforementioned qualifications, to apply to serve as a presidential elector, to complete the said registration form online and electronically submit the completed form for examination by the proper registered political party.

(4) Each registered political party shall closely examine each and every application for presidential elector.

(5)(I) Each registered political party shall choose persons, from among the applicants, to serve as presidential electors and to fill vacancies in the office of presidential electors for their party's candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States according to the procedures established in their bylaws.

(II) Each registered political party shall choose at least one presidential elector, whenever possible, from the following age groups:

(i) first group: At least 18 years of age, but no older than 29 years of age.

(ii) second group: At least 30 years of age, but no older than 49 years of age.

(iii) third group: At least 50 years of age.

(III) Whenever possible, neither of the 2 at-large presidential electors may be from the same county or congressional district.

(IV) No public officer, justice, or judge of the State, a county, or municipality, shall be eligible to serve as a presidential elector.

(6) The highest number of votes cast for a political party's presidential and vice-presidential candidates elects the presidential electors selected by that political party.

(7) No presidential elector herein chosen shall receive any salary or other compensation for their services as presidential elector, but shall receive their necessary traveling and other expenses incurred while actually engaged in the discharge of their official duties.

(b) ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

(1) The presidential electors shall meet at the State Capitol at noon on the first Wednesday of the December after their election, or at noon of any other day designated by the Congress of the United States of America.

(2) After convening, the presidential electors shall perform their duties in conformity with the United States Constitution and laws.

(3) The 2 at-large presidential electors shall cast their respective electoral ballots for the presidential and vice-presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes in the State.

(4) Each congressional district presidential elector shall cast his/her electoral ballot for the presidential and vice-presidential candidate who received the highest number of votes in his/her congressional district.

(5) Any presidential elector who does not cast his/her electoral ballot in the manner so required under this subsection is considered to have resigned from the office of presidential elector, his or her vote may not be recorded, and the remaining presidential electors shall appoint another person to fill the vacancy