The Presidency 29

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2.3          By 1828, all but two states had adopted rules requiring that the electors they send to the Electoral College must vote in accordance with the popular vote in their state.[1] Many citizens thought this outcome was more democratic, but it was a major departure from the framers’ intended use of the Electoral College to insulate the presidency from partisan and populist politics.


[1] Article 1, Section 4 assigns the states the authority to control elections, although the Congress may make or alter such regulations, except as to the Places of choosing Senators.  In forty-eight states, the winner of the plurality of the statewide vote receives all of the electors. In Maine and Nebraska, two electors are assigned in this manner and one elector allocated based on the plurality of votes in each congressional district.

Image: Warren G. Harding, by Harris & Ewing.

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