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After the People Vote : Guide to the Electoral College

After the People Vote : Guide to the Electoral College - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0844742021

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ISBN13: 978-0844742021
ISBN10: 0844742023
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 04
Publisher: American Enterprise Institute Press
Published: 2004
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After the People Vote : Guide to the Electoral College - 3RD 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0844742021

John C. Fortier

ISBN13: 978-0844742021
ISBN10: 0844742023
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 04
Publisher: American Enterprise Institute Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

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.

After the People Vote is a handbook for students, scholars, journalists, policymakers, political scientists, lawyers, and general readers interested in understanding the workings of the electoral college and other post-Election Day election processes. It explains:

  • how disputed presidential elections are resolved
  • why we have an electoral college
  • how electors are selected and bound
  • what the constitutional provisions are for selecting a president
  • what the statutory provisions are for selecting a president
  • how consistent state recount procedures are
  • why it is important for states to certify their election results by a date before the electors cast their votes
  • what the presidential succession process is
  • what the interactions of the Constitution, federal, and state statutes are and
  • what the party and parliamentary rules are.

Table of Contents

Part I. How the Electoral College Works

1. How Are Electors Appointed?
Who Resolves Disputed Appointments?
How the States Nominate and Bind Their Electors
2. For Whom Do Electors Vote?
How the Ballots Are Cast
What If State Recounts Are Not Complete When the Electors Vote?
Must the President and the Vice President Be from Different States?
3. How Are the Electoral Votes Counted?
Who Counts What?
4. What If No One Has a Majority?
The House Chooses a President
The Senate Chooses a Vice President
5. What If No One Has Been Chosen by Inauguration Day?
The Presidential Succession Act
6. What If a Major Party Candidate Dies or Resigns?
Death or Resignation After the Election
What is Not Covered

Part II. The History of Disputed Elections

7. Three Disputed Elections: 1800, 1824, 1876, Norman J. Ornstein
The Election of 1800
The Election of 1824
The Election of 1876
8. The 2000 Election, John C. Fortier
Bush v. Gore
What If the Count Had Continued?
What If the Count Had Continued Beyond December 12, 2000?
What If There Had Been Competing Slates of Electors?
What If the Election Dispute Had Extended to Inauguration Day?
Conclusion

Part III. Arguments For and Against the Electoral College

9. Let's Hear It For the Electoral College, Walter Berns
10. Why Old and New Arguments for the Electoral College Are Not Compelling, Akhil Reed Amar and Vikram David Amar
Original Arguments for the Electoral College
Modern Arguments for the Electoral College
11. Excerpts from ''The Electoral College and the American Idea of Democracy,'' Martin Diamond
Why the Framers Adopted the Electoral College
Why the Electoral College is Democratic (Through the States)

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