ERIC Number: ED271382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Plain Simple Business of Election: Presidential Election and the Republican Principle. A Guide for Discussion of Electoral College Reform.
O'Connor, Alice; Henze, Mary L.
A discussion guide, one in a series on constitutional reform issues developed by The Jefferson Foundation as part of The Jefferson Meeting on the Constitution project, examines electoral college reform. The first section discusses how the electoral college functions and presents a brief history since 1787. The second section outlines four controversial elections in the years 1800, 1824, 1876, and 1888. The third section investigates major electoral alternatives including the district method, the proportional plan, and the direct popular election. The fourth section examines early changes in the electoral college. Further examination of the direct election alternative is discussed in the fifth section. The final section presents arguments for and against the electral college. Included in the document is a suggested reading list and a list of congressional hearings. (RSL)
Descriptors: Civics, Constitutional History, Educational Resources, Governmental Structure, Instructional Materials, Political Science, Politics, Secondary Education, Teaching Guides, United States Government (Course), Voting
The Jefferson Foundation, 1529 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Jefferson Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: For other guides in this series, see SO 017 351-358.