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In the election of 1800, why did Burr end up with as many electoral votes as Jefferson, rather than one fewer?

In the election of 1800, the Federalist candidate for president, John Adams, received one more electoral vote than the candidate for vice president, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. This was by design, as ...
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Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College? [duplicate]

I am familiar with the problems with the electoral college in America (I wrote a six page formal academic essay on it), but I am still confused as to why the founding fathers created and implemented ...
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Why did South Carolina continue to select their Presidential Electors by legislative choice until after the Civil War?

Looking back through a history of the electoral college, many of the states did not at first actually have a popular vote to decide the electors for president. Instead many states chose electors by ...
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Is there any documentation on the creation of Article 1 Section II of the US constitution

I'm doing some personal research on the electoral college as it has been becoming more and more relevant in modern US elections. I've seen tons of people talking about how it was designed to protect ...
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Can members of the Electoral College vote in opposition of their state's popular vote if they deem the president-elect unfit to serve? [closed]

There is a post on Facebook initiated by change.org requesting 4,500,000 signatures on a petition (3,456,689 have signed as of this post), asking that the Elector College members NOT vote per their ...
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History of ways of choosing members of the electoral college

The Constitution of the United States Article II, Section 1, second paragraph, says: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to ...