ABSTRACT

Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections [April 13, 2016]   [open pdf - 812KB]

"When Americans vote for a President and Vice President, they are actually choosing presidential electors, known collectively as the electoral college. It is these officials who choose the President and Vice President of the United States. The complex elements comprising the electoral college system are responsible for one of the most important processes of the American political and constitutional system: election of the President and Vice President. A failure to elect a President, or worse, the choice of a chief executive whose legitimacy might be open to question, could precipitate a constitutional crisis that would require prompt, judicious, and well-informed action by Congress."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL32611
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2016-04-13
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Public Domain
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