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When were US Presidential candidates' names first shown on the ballot?

It looks like it might have first happened in the election of 1804. However, this answer may not mean quite what you think it means. One problem with answering simple questions about the quadrennial ...
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Did Wilson's 'He kept us out of war' really win the 1916 Presidential Election?

Wilson's election was about a generation before scientific polling, so we don't and probably can't ever really know that. However, it was a fact that he ran hard on that issue. Its also a fact that, ...
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Is there any documentation on the creation of Article 1 Section II of the US Constitution?

Yes, there is. The deliberations took a while and the participants were all literate, letter-writing folk, so there is actually a lot more documentation about the deliberations than many people think. ...
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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?

Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale You may or may not be old enough to remember the animated Saturday Morning reboot of Gilligan's Island. One episode of the show had the 7 castaways holding ...
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How close did the US come to removing the Electoral College in 1970?

It appears that it got about 13 (out of 100) votes shy of cloture at its closest. "Cloture" is of course the term the Senate uses for putting a bill up for a vote. Purposely blocking a vote ...
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How close did the US come to removing the Electoral College in 1970?

The bill in question was known as the "Bayh–Celler amendment". The full text of the bill can be found here (section 3.4, page 143). One way to answer "how close" the US was to ...
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Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College?

One of the first suggestions for electing the President was a direct vote. However, it was quickly and resoundingly rejected. The basic problem with having a popular vote was that it didn't take into ...
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History of ways of choosing members of the electoral college

The closest thing I've found to a detailed history of this is here. It's not written by a professional historian, and it's a long and rather rambling essay. (It also was apparently written before ...
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Was the Bohemian Elector part of the Electoral College for purposes of a Reichstag, especially if he was the Emperor of the HRE?

The answer is divided: Since before the begin of the Habsburger reign over Bohemia in 1526 till 1708 the King of Bohemia had no vote at the Reichstag. In 1708 the ambassador of the King of Bohemia, ...
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How did the generation who elected Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison feel about the electoral college?

Depends on the power of presidency During the time of John Quincy Adams Federal government was mostly tasked with foreign relations and interstate commerce. Quincy was not even elected in electoral ...
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Was the Bohemian Elector part of the Electoral College for purposes of a Reichstag, especially if he was the Emperor of the HRE?

The Emperor, like other members of the Reichstag or Imperial Diet, would be present in person or send an accredited representative to the meetings. In 1663 the i Imperial Diet met at Regensburg and ...
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What was the first country to have an electoral college?

There was the Electoral College of the Holy Roman Empire from about AD 1200. Electoral college (Wikipedia) Prince-elector I believe that eventually, in 1268, the rules for electing the Doge of ...
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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?

Mostly it is true, yes. The only issue is that electoral votes are tallied by state, not by person. That means it would be difficult to enforce this, unless the state passes a law to make sure they ...
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