Electoral College Documents
The historical documents displayed for each election provide a visual representation of the Electoral College process. Each state is responsible for carrying out these procedures. The documents are part of the official record of the New York State Electoral College. The New York State Archives in Albany maintains the state's Electoral College records.
The Certificate of Ascertainment documents the electors chosen by popular vote in November. During the Electoral College meeting in December, the electors make the Certificate of Absent and Substitute Electors, recording the names of any missing electors and the individuals who take their place, cast the two ballots, and prepare the Certificate of Vote, certifying the number of elector votes each candidate receives.
Although these documents are from New York, the procedures they represent are common to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.