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The merits of popular election debated

by npcole

Cite as: Dr Nicholas Cole, ‘The merits of popular election debated’ in N. P. Cole, Grace Mallon and Kat Howarth, The Creation of the Electoral College, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 69.


The proposal for direct election of the executive magistrate was to fail immediately. In the summaries of the debate that are extant, it is clear that the members of the Convention speculated widely about the nature of such elections, worrying about the kinds of people that might be chosen, and wondering how the sheer scale of the United States would shape any electoral contest.

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