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The Resource Presidential elections and majority rule : the rise, demise, and potential restoration of the Jeffersonian electoral college, Edward B. Foley

Presidential elections and majority rule : the rise, demise, and potential restoration of the Jeffersonian electoral college, Edward B. Foley

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Presidential elections and majority rule : the rise, demise, and potential restoration of the Jeffersonian electoral college
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Presidential elections and majority rule
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the rise, demise, and potential restoration of the Jeffersonian electoral college
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Edward B. Foley
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eng
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"The Electoral College that governs America has been with us since 1804, when Thomas Jefferson's supporters redesigned it for his re-election. The Jeffersonians were motivated by the principle of majority rule. Gone were the days when a president would be elected by acclamation, as George Washington had been. Instead, given the emergence of intense two-party competition, the Jeffersonians wanted to make sure that the Electoral College awarded the presidency to the candidate of the majority, rather than minority, party. They also envisioned that a candidate would win by amassing a majority of Electoral College votes secured from states where the candidate's party was in the majority. For most of American history, this system has worked as intended, producing presidents who won Electoral College victories derived from state-based majorities. In the last quarter-century, however, there have been three significant aberrations from the Jeffersonian design: 1992, 2000, and 2016. In each of these years, the Electoral College victory depended on states where the winner received only a minority of votes. In this authoritative history of the American Electoral College system, Edward Foley analyzes the consequences of the unparalleled departure from the Jeffersonians' original intent and delineates what we can do about it. He explains how states, by simply changing their Electoral College procedures, could restore the original Jeffersonian commitment to majority rule. There are various ways to do this, all of which comply with the Constitution. If only a few states had done so before 2016, the outcome might have been different. Doing so before future elections can prevent another victory that, contrary to the original Jeffersonian intent, a majority of voters did not want. "--
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Foley, Edward B
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non fiction
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  • Presidents
  • Election law
  • Electoral college
  • Election law
  • Electoral college
  • Presidents
  • United States
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Presidential elections and majority rule : the rise, demise, and potential restoration of the Jeffersonian electoral college, Edward B. Foley
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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25 cm
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xiii, 238 pages
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9780190060152
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2019015756
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
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(OCoLC)1097474724
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Presidential elections and majority rule : the rise, demise, and potential restoration of the Jeffersonian electoral college, Edward B. Foley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 238 pages
Isbn
9780190060152
Lccn
2019015756
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
System control number
(OCoLC)1097474724

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