Abolishing of the Electoral College hearings before the United States House Committee on Election of President, Vice President and Representatives in Congress, Seventy-Second Congress, second session, on Feb. 16, 1933

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  • Constitutional law -- United States -- Amendments

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James Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection, Liberal Democracy and Political Science.

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