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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 17: The Electoral College

Edited by: Deborah Kalb

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483380346.n19

Subject: Elections

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The Electoral College
The Electoral College

For more than two centuries, Americans have been electing their presidents through the Electoral College. Created by the Framers of the Constitution as a compromise between selection by Congress and election by direct popular vote, the system has continued to function even though the United States has undergone radical transformation from an agricultural seaboard nation to a world power.

Despite its durability, the Electoral College is perhaps the least cherished of the ...

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