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Shouldn't we Focus on Becoming an Elector for the Electoral College for the main Presidential Election?

Isn't it, in a sense, the same way we nominate a candidate to be a nominee, is the way we vote for president? Shouldn't we ALSO focus on getting people to prepare to become an elector and not just become delegates?
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/a...

About half of the 500 or so electors are ever "bound" (some are penalties some are they'll replace you if you don't vote for that certain candidate that won popular vote in the state), or also by signing a pledge... Half are unbound,the states have no rules regarding the way an elector votes regarding popular vote.
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/l...

Perhaps the most important note, most electors are selected at state conventions by the party... That'd be right now.

Who selects the Electors?

The process for selecting electors varies throughout the United States. Generally, the political parties nominate electors at their State party conventions or by a vote of the party's central committee in each State. Electors are often selected to recognize their service and dedication to their political party. They may be State elected officials, party leaders, or persons who have a personal or political affiliation with the Presidential candidate. Then the voters in each State choose the electors on the day of the general election. The electors' names may or may not appear on the ballot below the name of the candidates running for President, depending on the procedure in each State.
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/f...




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National Delegates are More Important

In the grand scheme of things, who the electors are is not important for our purposes. Their job is to cast the actual ballot for the candidate (Republican or Democrat) who wins the state in the November election.

If that person is a Republican, the Republican electors head to the state capital and cast the vote for that person. Faithless electors (electors who cast their vote for someone other than the candidate who won the popular vote) are almost unheard of, and even if one or two did, it wouldn't make a difference in the outcome of the election. For all intents and purposes, there will only be two candidates at that point (one Republican and one Democrat).

So that's why the national delegates and the national nominating committee are so important. They will influence who wins the Republican primary in the first place, thereby choosing who the electors will get to vote for.