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electoral college - Beginnings of electoral colleges

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A body made up of people who are responsible for electing a person to some office. These people can hold a particular office themselves (as in the case of the College of Cardinals who elect the pope) or be elected from a wider electorate. The most famous electoral college is the one that elects the president of the USA. It is made up of electors from each state pledged to cast their vote for the particular candidate for whom the wider electorate in their state has voted (though they are not legally bound to do so when the time for electing arrives).

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