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Representation and the Electoral College$
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Robert M. Alexander

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190939427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190939427.001.0001

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Alexander Hamilton and the 2016 Election

Alexander Hamilton and the 2016 Election

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(p.151) 7 Alexander Hamilton and the 2016 Election
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Representation and the Electoral College
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Robert M. Alexander

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939427.003.0007

This chapter examines the 2016 election through the lens of the Electoral College. The election represents the sixth time the popular vote winner did not win the Electoral College vote. It also represents the most faithless votes cast for president in any presidential election, and it is the second time in the past three elections that a state split its electoral vote between presidential candidates. Particular attention is devoted to the so-called Hamilton elector movement that aimed to have electors select an alternative candidate to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. A survey of the 2016 Electoral College reveals that a record number of electors considered voting contrary to expectations, and most all electors were lobbied to do so. Electoral College lobbyists consisted of citizens throughout the country and members of the body itself. Reservations over elector discretion draws attention to the differences between the original Electoral College and the evolved body.

Keywords:   Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 68, faithless electors, 2016 election, wavering electors, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Hamilton electors, misfire election, district plan

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