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The electors were likely looking toward the future, anointing Hendricks as future (Vice) Presidential material. Hendricks was a Hoosier of national prominence who could help the Democratic Party make inroads into the North in 1876. Benjamin Brown retired from politics after the election, so there was no need for the electors to defer to him. And anyway, ...


Another reason for this might be that many countries require all citizens to vote on election day. The US does not. Thus, an unmotivated voter in the US stays home whereas in other countries he might pull the lever for some random fellow.

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