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Concerns of the Committee of the Whole

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Cite as: Dr Nicholas Cole, ‘Concerns of the Committee of the Whole’ in N. P. Cole, Grace Mallon and Kat Howarth, The Creation of the Electoral College, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 66.


The discussion in the Committee of the Whole resulted in a proposal that kept in place the idea of an executive magistrate chosen by the national legislature, guaranteed his necessary independence by a relatively long term in office (seven years) and by ineligibility for a second term of service. Though the Committee had considered making the magistrate more accountable to the state legislatures and had considered an early proposal for an electoral college (aimed not at securing democratic accountability but rather even greater independence), these had been rejected at this stage.

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