Lecture 15 - American Heritage October 19, 2011 October 19,...

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American Heritage October 19, 2011
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October 19, 2011 DON’T FORGET : Please fill out your Mid-semester evaluations. Essay #4 Workshop (Thesis & Outline) are due at the beginning of labs on Oct. 27 th or 28 th You should bring three copies of a one-page document that clearly states your thesis and gives an outline of your planned argument. You will give one copy of this document to your TA. The other copies will be shared with up to two of your fellow students in the lab. Failure to do so will mean a significant penalty in your participation grade. Senator Joseph Lieberman Tuesday, Oct. 25, 11:05 a.m., Marriott Center
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Last Time Democratic and undemocratic elements of our Constitution.
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Electoral College as a Compromise Electors chosen by each state Number of electors in each state = the sum of senators and representatives from that state States determine the electors Must have a majority of electors to be elected If no majority, the House of Representatives decides, with each state receiving 1 vote.
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Some Definitions Plurality The largest block of all votes cast Majority More than half of all vote cast
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Electoral College as a Compromise Presumption among many at the convention that the House would be the selection mechanism States would vote for their “favorite sons” No majority among electors The House would decide
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How do the States Choose Electors? “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the state may be entitled in Congress.” (Article II sec. 1) State legislatures therefore choose the manner of selecting electors. All states now choose electors through direct election.
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Voting for President On election day, you actually vote for electors, not the presidential candidates.
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Who are the Electors? The Constitution says that “no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector.” (Article II sec. 1) Most of these individuals are prominent citizens or party workers.
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Parties: An Important Development Development of a national two-party system: aggregate national support behind a given candidate and pledge electors to support that candidate.
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How should states allocate their electoral votes? Most choose a winner-take-all system
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 100 taught by Professor Dr,holland during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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Lecture 15 - American Heritage October 19, 2011 October 19,...

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