The Electoral College

There are no tests, you can’t get a degree, it has no campus. It’s not even a virtual place!

The Electoral College was established by the framers of the Constitution as the process by which the United States would elect its President and Vice President. The name came later; only electors are mentioned in the Constitution.

The decennial census sets the number of electors each state gets, out of a fixed total of 538. This is one reason why conducting the census has been so contentious this year. The states then choose their electors, and those processes vary.

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The Electoral College process was devised as a compromise between factions at the Constitutional Congress. The number of electors equals the total of the Senate and House of Representatives; plus three electors for the District of Columbia. The Electoral College was divisive from its inception – Thomas Jefferson called it a blot on the Constitution – and remains so nearly 250 years later. It is the reason that a president can be elected while losing the popular vote. This has happened four times, in 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016.

American History Online has explainers, historical documents, images, news articles, and more on the Electoral College. Another resource for understanding and analyzing this institution is CQ Press Library.

The National Archives has developed a website with all manner of information about the Electoral College process. (By law, the Archivist of the United States is responsible for collating all the state electors’ votes, and after inspection by the Office of the Federal Register, submitting them to Congress.) You will find links to the relevant sections of the Constitution, to historical background information, the state processes for choosing electors, FAQs, and more.

Even though you are not directly voting for the President, your vote is crucial. Voting is happening now in Indiana; here’s how to do it and here is where to do it.

This Week’s New Books

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All the Devils Are Here, Antkind, Book of Two Ways, Constant Rabbit, Deadly Education, Guest List, Hawk, Humans, Invisible Life of Addie Larue, Jack, Jingle All the Way, Leave the World Behind, Lying Life of Adults, Magic Lessons, Midnight Library, Piranesi, Red at the Bone, Thick As Thieves, Time for Mercy, Troubled Blood, Troubles in Paradise

New Books!

The majority of the books ordered since March are now available! They will be primarily housed in the tall bookshelf by the library’s entrance. Favorites are displayed in the windows and atop shelves. Synopses and availability listed below!

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28 Summers, After Sundown, Afterlife, Big Summer, Bombshell, Book of Lost Friends, Burning, Code Name Helene, Conjure Women, Countdown 1945, Dance Away with Me, Daughters of Erietown, Devolution, Entangled Life, Fair Warning, Feasting Wild, Firing Point, Girl with the Louding Voice, Hello Summer, Hid from Our Eyes, Hidden Valley Road, Hideaway, Inheritors, Joy at Work, Lightness, Moment of Tenderness, Muzzled, My Vanishing Country, Ocean without a Shore, On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous, Plague of Corruption, Redhead by the Side of the Road, Rodham, Room Where It Happened, Sad Janet, Sigh Gone, Sisters Grimm, Someone Like You, Student Guide to Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, So You Want to Talk about Race, Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Such a Fun Age, Valentine, Vanishing Half, Walk the Wire, Week at the Shore, Writers & Lovers

More Books!

The orders from the past few months are now flooding in! Stop by soon to catch what you may have missed!

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20th Victim, All-Night Sun, American Dirt, Apeirogon, Begin Again, Blacktop Wasteland, Book of Longings, Breath, Business of Lovers, Changeling, City We Became, Deacon King Kong, Deadly Divide, Dear America, Disappearing Earth, Florence Adler Swims Forever, Frankissstein, Friends and Strangers, Girls Like Us, Girls of Summer, Good Talk, Greenwood, Growing Things, Inland, Journey of the Pharaohs, Mutts and Men, My Dark Vanessa, Octopus Museum, Oona Out of Order, Order, Petals to the Metal, Separation Anxiety, Shakespeare for Squirrels, Son of Good Fortune, Talented Mr. Varg, Things in Jars, Twisted Ones, Valuing, Visiting Privilege, Want, We Are Displaced, Wedding Dress, Wrath of Poseidon, Yellow Bird

New Books!

We may have been away for a few months, but we never stopped ordering new books! Here are your most recently processed titles!

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Beauty in Breaking, Big Door Prize, Chaos, Choppy Water, Color of Law, Cries from the Lost Island, Death in Her Hands, Devoted, Engineer’s Wife, Final Deception, Friendship List, How to be an Antiracist, It’s Not All Downhill from Here, K Team, Mexican Gothic, Midwife Murders, Other Bennet Sister, Private Cathedral, Pull of the Stars, Revenge, Royal, Society of the Spectacle, Texas Outlaw, Too Much and Never Enough, Walking with the Wind, Wandering in Strange Lands