The Electoral College

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Capstone, Sep 1, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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"After winning its independence from Great Britain, the United States worked to build a new government. Three separate branches were developed to balance the power: legislative, judicial, and executive. After a few failed attempts to establish a process to elect an executive leader, or president, the Electoral College system was created. In this system, each state is given a number of votes according to its number of senators and representatives. While the debate continues on the effectiveness of the Electoral College, the system has been used for more than 200 years."

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Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.nbsp; Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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