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The electoral college agreed to

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Cite as: Dr Nicholas Cole, ‘The electoral college agreed to’ in N. P. Cole, Grace Mallon and Kat Howarth, The Creation of the Electoral College, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 74.


Compared to the final version of the constitution, many elements of the choice of the President have yet to be adjusted. The formula agreed to here is crude, with no effort to provide for future elections, and the term of service of the magistrate is still six rather than the final four years. The chief magistrate at this stage could still have been removed for 'malpractice or neglect of duty'. But the principle that he should be chosen by a body of electors, specially selected for that purpose and paid compensation for their service, had been agreed. However, the Convention was soon to return to these questions.

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