After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College / Edition 3

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The extraordinary presidential election contest in 2000 raised new issues about the electoral process. In the third edition of After the People Vote: A Guide to the Electoral College, leading constitutional, political, and legal scholars use examples from that controversial election and other disputed elections to explain how the electoral college works. The new edition of this popular guide provides a short history of contested elections, including a fresh essay on the 2000 election. It features all-new essays arguing for and against the electoral college, as well as appendixes that are updated and expanded to include electoral college and popular vote totals from past presidential elections. An added section concentrates on the period between Election Day in November and the casting of votes by electors in December. After the People Vote is the only book of its kind that is keyed to the specific dates between Election Day and the inauguration, which allows the reader to focus on the key procedural issues at each juncture of the election.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844742021
  • Publisher: Aei Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 102
  • Sales rank: 1,176,025
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Fortier is a research fellow at AEI and executive director of the Continuity of Government Commission. Walter Berns is a resident scholar at AEI. Akhil Amar is Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale University. Vikram Amar is a professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. Martin Diamond, now deceased, was a professor at the University of Chicago. Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at AEI.
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Table of Contents

Timeline for the elections of 2004 and 2008
Pt. I How the electoral college works 1
1 How are electors appointed? 3
2 For whom do electors vote? 9
3 How are the electoral votes counted? 13
4 What if no one has a majority? 17
5 What if no one has been chosen by inauguration day? 20
6 What if a major party candidate dies or resigns? 23
Pt. II The history of disputed elections 27
7 Three disputed elections : 1800, 1824, 1876 29
8 The 2000 election 37
Pt. III Arguments for and against the electoral college 49
9 Let's hear it for the electoral college 51
10 Why old and new arguments for the electoral college are not compelling 55
11 Excerpts from "The electoral college and the American idea of democracy" 66
App. A Provisions in the Constitution for presidential selection 71
App. B Statutory provisions for presidential selection 74
App. C Nomination and binding of presidential electors 83
App. D 1825 precedents 85
App. E Party rules 88
App. F Allocation of electoral votes among the states for 2004 and 2008 89
App. G Faithless electors 90
App. H Electoral college and popular vote outcomes of all elections 91
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2004


    This is an awesum and consice book that will give you the facts and present you with both arguments and support. This book allows to to form your own opinions, but gives you the information you need to back up those opinions.

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