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Did the U.S. founders intend for the U.S. President and VP to represent the people, the electoral college, or the States?

It seems somewhat ambiguous who the two positions of President and Vice President of the U.S. were supposed to represent, though I haven’t fully finished reading the Federalist papers. Going by the ...
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What did US presidential ballots look like when unpledged electors were offered?

Unpledged presidential electors have run in at least four US presidential elections. In 1960, 14 were elected. In this age, where the electoral college is almost a mere formality and we rarely think ...
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How did the generation who elected Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison feel about the electoral college?

In 1824, John Quincy Adams became the first president to win the presidential election, but lose the popular vote. It would not be until 52 years later in 1876 with Rutherford B. Hayes when this would ...
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What was the first country to have an electoral college?

What country historical had an electoral college first? Ideally I would like to determine the origin of the first electoral college system came from but that might be better for another question.
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How close did the US come to removing the Electoral College in 1970?

A NY Times opinion article mentioned a failed 1970 bill that would have introduced a potential constitutional amendment removing the electoral college. It had passed the House of Representatives, but ...
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Did Wilson's 'He kept us out of war' really win the 1916 Presidential Election?

In the 1916 United States presidential election, President Woodrow Wilson barely defeated Charles Evans Hughes, the Republican candidate. Wilson ran on the slogan 'He kept us out of war'. From what I ...
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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 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 ...