The Presidency 28

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2.2          Citizens originally had no role in choosing presidents. Presidents were to be elected by an Electoral College.[i]  The College was the framers’ attempt to limit the opportunities for partisan or populist behavior while also keeping the presidency largely independent of Congress.[ii]  That situation did not last long.

[i] See Article II, Section 1, Clause 3 of the Constitution.

[ii] There is an exception. The Constitution in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3 specifies that the House of Representatives shall choose the President if the Electoral College votes are tied.

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