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  United States Electoral College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The electoral process was modified in 1804 with the ratification of the 12th Amendment and again in 1961 with the ratification of the 23rd Amendment.
Regardless of why the system was chosen, the term "Electoral College" is not used in the United States Constitution, and it was not until the early 1800s that it came into general usage as the unofficial designation for the group of citizens selected to cast votes for President and Vice President.
Large "swing states" like Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are usually considered winnable for both major parties and a large number of electoral votes turn on their results, and so candidates tend to disproportionately spend more time on these close states, at the expense of the voters in "safe states" or small states.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/United_States_Electoral_College   (7255 words)

  
 NARA | Federal Register | U. S. Electoral College - About the Electoral College
The Electoral College, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is not a place, it is a process that began as part of the original design of the U.S. Constitution.
The Electoral College was established by the founding fathers as a compromise between election of the president by Congress and election by popular vote.
State executives and the electors are responsible for completing election duties outlined by the Constitution of the United States and Federal law.
www.archives.gov /federal-register/electoral-college/about.html   (305 words)

  
 Constitutional Topic: The Electoral College - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net
The Electoral College, proposed by James Wilson, was the compromise that the Constitutional Convention reached.
The Electoral College insulates the election of the President from the people by having the people elect not the person of the President, but the person of an Elector who is pledged to vote for a specific person for President.
Electors are chosen by the states and the Electors elect the President and Vice-President.
www.usconstitution.net /consttop_elec.html   (1418 words)

  
 3PT - Electoral College Primer
Makeup and operation of the electoral college itself are tightly defined by the Constitution, but the method of choosing electors is left to the states.
The victor in each state is determined by counting the votes for each slate of electors; the slate receiving the most votes (the plurality, not necessarily the majority of the votes cast) is declared the winner.
The main danger of faithless electors is that the candidate who wins the popular vote could wind up one or two votes short of a majority in the electoral college and could lose the election on a technicality.
www.ksg.harvard.edu /case/3pt/electoral.html   (2177 words)

  
 WHAT ARE THEY ALL DOING, ANYWAY? an historical analysis of the Electoral College
Each Elector would choose two men: more than likely, an Elector's first vote would be for a leading citizen of his own State but he could not cast his second vote for someone from his own State- so he would have to vote for, say, someone prominent in his region of the country.
As of 6 September 1787, then, the Electoral College as an institution was firmly ensconced in the Constitution and was included in the final draft of the document that was approved by the Constitutional Convention on 17 September 1787 and then sent on to the States for ratification.
The Electoral Commission of 1876/1877 was clearly a failure in the sense that it was obviously overtly partisan, but it was a success in that it had provided a method of avoiding a messier consequence of the dispute within the Electoral College.
www.thegreenpapers.com /Hx/ElectoralCollege.html   (5983 words)

  
 The United States Constitution - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net
Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
www.usconstitution.net /const.html   (5211 words)

  
 The Electoral College: A masterpiece of American wisdom. An enduring tool of broad representational democracy.
The electors record their votes on six "Certificates of Vote," which are paired with the six remaining original "Certificates of Ascertainment." The electors sign, seal and certify the packages of electoral votes and immediately send them to the President of the Senate, the Archivist of the United States and other designated Federal and State officials.
The States send one original, along with two authenticated copies or two additional originals to the Archivist of the United States at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) by registered mail, which must be received by the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December (December 18, 2000).
Electors generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party.
www.omega23.com /Reference/electoral_college.html   (4968 words)

  
 EC: The US Electoral College Web Zine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
EC sets the record straight on alleged failures of the Electoral College system.
Blame careless political parties for electors who take their pledges too lightly and vote for someone else.
Here's the text of the failed constitutional amendment that would have replaced the Electoral College with a direct vote as low as 40% of the voters.
www.avagara.com /e_c   (144 words)

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