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Qualifications for Electors

The Creation of the Electoral College

by Kat Howarth (KatHowarth)

Cite as: Kat Howarth, ‘Qualifications for Electors’ in N. P. Cole, Grace Mallon and Kat Howarth, The Creation of the Electoral College, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 79.

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Qualifications for Electors


Having emphasised the Separation of Powers in the decision of the Committee on Postponed Questions to bring back the electoral college idea, King and Gerry here successfully persuaded the delegates that members of the Legislature should not be able to become Electors, thereby severing another possible tie between the Legislature and the election of the Executive. This serves as an extra reinforcement of the importance of the Separation of Powers and the independence of the Executive to the delegates.

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