1. Which is generally considered to be a major weakness of the electoral college system for selecting a U.S. president?

1. Electoral votes are unevenly distributed among the states.
2. A candidate can win the popular vote but lose the presidency.
3. Too much time elapses between the general election and the counting of electoral votes.
4. Candidates tend to ignore the states with a majority of young voters.

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2. In the United States, the electoral college system influences presidential candidates to

1. make personal appearances in every state.
2. campaign extensively in states with large populations.
3. state their platforms in very specific terms.
4. seek endorsements from state governors.

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3. One impact of the electoral college system on the election process is that this system encourages candidates to

1. concentrate their major campaign efforts in the most populous states.
2. focus most of their attention on influencing Members of the House of Representatives.
3. find ways to persuade electors to cast their ballots for them rather than for the opposing candidates.
4. campaign in each of the 50 states.

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4. Which action could eliminate the electoral college?

1. a Supreme Court ruling
2. a Presidential order
3. passage of legislation by Congress
4. ratification of a constitutional amendment

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5. "President Delivers State of the Union Address to Congress."
"President Mobilizes the National Guard To Quell Riots."
"President's Appointee Will Enforce Federal Guidelines."


These headlines are evidence that the President of the United States

1. has new added duties not specified in the original Constitution
2. exercises nearly unlimited power under the United States governmental system.
3. has specific executive, legislative, and military powers.
4. must obtain congressional approval of most executive decisions.

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