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Interpreting the Evidence

1992 Electoral College Vote of New York

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Eras:

    Contemporary United States (1965 - present)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

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  • Primary Source Types:

    Written Document

  • Regions:

    New York State
    United States

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Document Description
1992 Certificate of Vote for the New York State Electoral College. [2 pages]
Historical Context
The Electoral College was established by the Founding Fathers as a part of the original Constitution of the United States.  It was seen as a compromise between having the president elected by popular vote and having Congress elect the president.  New York State has thirty-one electoral votes. In New York, the elected officials who vote in the Electoral College are not bound by law to follow public opinion when casting their votes.
Essential Question
How do citizens participate in a democracy?
Check for Understanding
Identify the purpose of this document and use the information to explain the role of the Electoral College in the American voting system.
Historical Challenges
Which two presidents have won the electoral vote but not the popular vote?
Why does this document show thirty-three electoral votes for New York? How many electoral votes does New York get now? Why is there a difference?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: A presidential candidate has to receive more than half of the electoral votes to become president. If there are 538 total electoral votes, how many votes does a candidate need in order to have more than half of the votes?