In Michigan, for instance, the 16 electors are allowed to bring only a single guest; Arizona has shifted its ceremony from the capitol building to an unassuming government facility and pared down the list of invitees. At least one state, Nevada, intends to hold its electoral vote entirely virtually.
The process of choosing electors varies by state. In some, state parties pick electors at local or state conventions, while in others, the party leadership chooses the slate. In Pennsylvania, the presidential candidates themselves pick their electors, while in California, Democratic congressional nominees select them.
A few electors, such as Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, are well known political figures. But most are longtime state party devotees, such as Bonnie Lauria, a retired General Motors worker in west Branch, Michigan.
“I've held most offices, from the local level up to state central,” the 79-year-old said. “This is one I haven't had the privilege of being part of. I'm glad it's my turn.”
Another Michigan Democratic elector, Blake Mazurek, a 52-year-old history teacher, said he hopes the vote sends a message that the democratic system is still functioning despite Trump's rhetoric.
“I hope there's a sense of assurance to many in America that our country is not entirely broken,” he said.
When and how states' electors cast their votes for US president
Democrat Joe Biden's journey to the White House is set to cross an important threshold on Monday when the US. Electoral College formally picks the winner of November's presidential election amid an effort by President Donald Trump to reverse his loss.
Electors will gather in state capitols across the country on Monday to formally confirm Biden's win.
Below are states where Trump is trying but failing to overturn Biden's victory through lawsuits and a pressure campaign on state officials to throw out the results and declare him the winner. State lawmakers and governors have largely dismissed the idea.
The meeting of the state's six electors will be entirely virtual, taking place via Zoom at 8:30am local time (1630 GMT), according to the office of Nevada's Secretary of state, which is organising the event.
The state's 16 electors will meet in the Georgia state Capitol building in Atlanta at 12pm local time (1700 GMT).
The state's 11 electors will meet at 10am local time (1700 GMT) in Phoenix. The office of Arizona Secretary of state Katie Hobbs, which is organising the event, has not disclosed the specific location where electors will meet, instead saying that the event would be broadcast live on Hobbs' Facebook page.
The state's 10 electors will meet in the Wisconsin state Capitol building in Madison at 12pm local time (1800 GMT).
The state's 16 electors will meet in the state legislature's Senate chamber in Lansing, Michigan, at 2pm local time (1900 GMT).
The state's 20 electors are expected to meet in Harrisburg, though Pennsylvania's Department of state has not yet released details on the meeting.