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The Electoral College. Campaigns & Elections. Electoral College – Historical Context. An issue of the power of state vs. central government Lack of transportation and communication in early America The belief of the evilness of political parties The lack of campaigning.

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The Electoral College

Campaigns & Elections


Electoral College – Historical Context

  • An issue of the power of state vs. central government

  • Lack of transportation and communication in early America

  • The belief of the evilness of political parties

  • The lack of campaigning


Origins of the Electoral College

  • Rejected ideas:

    • Congress choosing the president

    • State legislatures choosing the president

    • Direct election of the president

  • Committee of Eleven

    • Indirect election of the president through a college of electors

      • Electors would be the most knowledgeable and would disregard state origin or political party


Assigning Electors

  • States receive one elector for each member of the House of Representatives

    • 435

  • States receive one elector for each Senator

    • 100

  • What is the minimum amount of electors a state may have?


Controversy

  • “…a majority of Americans have continually expressed support for the notion of an official amendment of the U.S. Constitution that would allow for direct election of the president” – 2001 Gallop Poll


2000 Election


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