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Unformatted text preview: LO-14Voting, Campaigning, and ElectionsGeneralFew things more important to Framers of Constitution than elections18thC English citizens had little to say on who governed themElections to House of Commons tightly controlled by aristocrats and landed gentryEven colonists didnt elect own legislatorsGoverned by royal appointed governorsThe Kings men not the peoples chosen repsFramers also aware that Republic could founder becauseleaders might try to manipulate elections, tamper w/terms of office,simply abolish elections, orkeep the peoples representatives from meeting So they were interested establishing a government that was not able to subverted by a powerful execute,responsive to the wishes of the people, and one that was guided by prudent judgment not whim or emotionTo constrain executive attempts to manipulate elections, tamper w/terms of office, or abolish elections, keep the peoples representatives from meeting, the Framers were very specific in the Constitution onWho could be elected & how oftenHow the people in the states would be representedAnd how often the peoples representative would meet 1House of RepresentativesMbrs chosen every 2 yrsAt least citizen for 7 yrsAt least 25 yrs old Inhabitant of State representing Representation by population Each State to have at least one SenateChosen by state legislatures (repealed by 17thAmend) for 6 yr terms 1/3rdelected every 2 yrs (continuity) at Least 35 yrs old Inhabitant of State representing At least citizen for 9 yrs Each have one vote Timing of electionsPrescribe by state legislatures But Congress may make or alter such regulations, except for Senators...
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