ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – They are the ones who ultimately select the president and vice president of the United States. The Electoral College will make its choice December 19.
The process begins well before the general election. Each party selects its own presidential electors. The Republican Party in Missouri will send its10 presidential electors to Jefferson City because Donald Trump was the presidential candidate with the most votes in the state.
Hector Maldonado from Sullivan is one of the 10 Electoral College representatives from Missouri and one of 538 in the country. He showed our Fox 2 News crew a stack of letters he’s received in just the past few days.
“There’s probably a good close to 100 (letters) here,” Maldonado said.
The former military member and current salesman said many of the letters encourage him to vote for Hillary Clinton because she won the popular vote. Maldonado said he will read as many of the letters as he can, but will follow the will of Missouri voters and cast his all-important electoral vote for Trump.
“I swore an oath as part of being a presidential elector to vote for the person that carried the state and Donald Trump carried the state,” he said.
Tim Dreste, another Electoral College representative from Missouri, said he’s also received a stack of letters encouraging him to vote for Hillary Clinton.
“There are several that have said anybody but Trump; vote for another Republican,” said Dreste. “I’m not going to change my mind.”