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A democratic magistrate

The Creation of the Electoral College

by Dr Nicholas Cole (npcole)

Cite as: Dr Nicholas Cole, ‘A democratic magistrate’ in N. P. Cole, Grace Mallon and Kat Howarth, The Creation of the Electoral College, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 68.

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A democratic magistrate


This proposal is at odds with previous discussion on the chief executive. This clear statement would have made the executive directly accountable to the citizens of the United States, unmediated by national legislatures, state legislative houses or a special set of electors, and implied that the election would be controlled by the national government. It is perhaps not a coincidence that this proposal was made after the extended discussions about the way that the population of the United States should be represented in the legislative branch.

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