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History of the Electoral College

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  • History of the Electoral College

    So at the founding of the Constitution the Founding Fathers decided electors would be chosen by state legislatures, but as time went on more and more states gave this elective power to the voter.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a site that gives a timeline of how states popularized the electoral college. For example, on what dates did states decide to give average citizens the right to choose electors?
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    Wikipedia has a good chart that covers the early transitions by state on how states selected delegates to the electoral college. If I remember correctly it does not cover when Maine and Nebraska changed to their current system.

    I ran across it when I was trying to remember what election was determined by a vote of the House of Representatives.
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      Here's the Fed page on it;
      https://www.archives.gov/federal-reg...ege/about.html
      Here's the Wiki;
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electo...United_States)
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