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Had John McCain won Florida, Scott Rothstein would have taken part in the Electoral College

It's Florida in an election year, so it's not implausible that the fate of U.S. democracy will depend on Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime or state Sen. Anitere Flores.

Monestime and Flores are both presidential electors nominated by their parties -- Monestime by the Democrats, Flores by the Republicans -- to represent Florida in the Electoral College, where the presidency is really decided.

Technically, voters really aren't voting for president on Tuesday: They are voting for a slate of 29 "electors" representing either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Depending on who wins on Tuesday, their respective electors will meet on Dec. 17 to formally submit their electoral votes to Washington.

Electors tend to be local politicians or party activists, and the largely ceremonial positions have been used in the past to reward supporters or contributors. For example, in 2008, the state Republican party's electors included Fort Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein, a Charlie Crist contributor later convicted of using his law firm to carry out a $1-billion-plus Ponzi scheme.

See after the jump for a full list of the 2012 electors.

Below is the list of Florida's 29 presidential electors for the Democratic Party and the Republican Party:

Florida Democratic Party:

Burt Aaronson
Lynette Acosta
Scott Arceneaux
Dr. T. Wayne Bailey
Carol M. Bartleson
Leon Belton
Tim Bottcher
Alan Clendenin
Ana Cruz
Buddy Dyer
Joe Faulk
Rita Fernandino
state Rep. Joe Gibbons
state Sen. Audrey Gibson
Vonzelle Johnson
Dina Heffernan
Ambassador Luis Lauredo
Amy Mercado
Elena McCullough
Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime
Susannah Randolph
Rod Smith
Justin Spiller
Bob Troy
Kirk Wagar
Ashley M. Walker
state Rep. Alan Williams
Jeanette Wynn

Republican Party of Florida:

Brian Ballard
Allan Bense
David Biddle
Miya Burt
Bertica Cabrera Morris
Christian Camara
David Cardenas
Cliff Curry
Jay Demetree
Remedios Diaz Oliver
James Dozier
Dixie Eklund
Anitere Flores
John Giotis
Fran Hancock
Jim Handley
Stephanie Haridopolos
James Hart
Rick Hartley
Gary Lee
Gary Lester
Adam Lovejoy
Stan McClain
Susan Moore
Laurie Pizzo
Rocky Rodriguez
John Rood
John Thrasher
Susie Wiles

--SCOTT HIAASEN

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