National Affairs: College

Quadrennially, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, the U. S. people perform what they call "electing a President." That is the effect of their performance, but not the form. What they do formally is to elect an Electoral College, which casts the actual vote for a President and Vice President. This vote is cast on the second Monday in January. It is not counted and tabulated until the second Wednesday in February, more than three months after the result has passed into history.

Than the Electoral College there is no more paradoxical body. It never meets as a...

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