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Maryland system likely model for electoral college

December 20th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

When Maryland's 10 electors meet in the State House on Monday to formally cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton, they will have the distinction of representing a state that likely served as a model for the Electoral College more than 200 years ago.

When the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia to draw up the Constitution, Maryland's system of selecting state senators through an electoral system had been in place for more than a decade. By 1789, two years after the convention, Maryland was the only state using the system, according to research from the Maryland State Board of Elections.

In defending the electoral college, Alexander Hamilton once pointed to Maryland, arguing that if the system "really contained the danger which has been so loudly proclaimed, some symptoms at least of a like danger ought by the time to have been betrayed by the Senate of Maryland."

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