About the Secretary of State and the Electoral College
Is the Secretary of State a member of the Electoral College?
No. The Secretary of State only serves as the host of the Electoral College. In other words, her responsibilities include administrative tasks such as reserving the room in the State Capitol where the Electoral College meets.
Can the Secretary of State tell electors how to vote or influence how they vote?
No. The Secretary of State serves as the host of the Electoral College but not as a member of the Electoral College. North Carolina law includes a provision
about how the electors are to vote. See Article 18 of Chapter 163 of the North Carolina General Statutes for more information:
How is the Electoral College selected?
The materials at the National Archives website are a good resource for the answer to this question: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/. You may also want to review Article 20 of Chapter 163A of the North Carolina General Statutes: https://www.ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/ByArticle/Chapter_163A/Article_20.pdf
Can members of the public attend the meeting of the Electoral College?
In recognition of the public's interest in the Electoral College, we try to make arrangements for members of the public to view the meeting. For example, we may live-stream the meeting on our website.