Most of you are not from the US, and even many here in the States don't understand our Electoral College system.
Based loosely on the system of Electors for the Holy Roman Emperor (Queen Elizabeth is of the line of the Elector of Hanover), it was designed to balance the sovereignty of the people with that of the States. (We are supposed to be a federation of Sovereign States.)
Each Presidential Election cycle, 538 people are chose from each of the political parties to be Elector Candidates. The popular vote is really an election of a slate of Electors, who then actually get to vote for President and Vice President. The party who's Presidential Candidate wins that State's votes send their Electors to the state capitol on Dec 19 to cast their official votes.
Whatever you politics are, it's huge honor to be Elector. This Dec 19th, I was one of those, representing Missouri's 1st Congressional District. Since my wife had had a special calligraphy pen engraved for Elizabeth for Christmas, I took it with me and used it write out the ballot. So that she'll always have proof of that, I snapped a shot of the pen on the ballot. I just wish I would have had a macro lens with me, it's really poor technically!
She was very happy to get it Christmas morning, and almost as happy to know that it now has a place in history.
An a700 and couple of a580s, plus even more lenses.