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    "general ticket" -that strategy- this strategy-this approach

    All the four in bold red are the same thing. Am I on the right track?

    Some states reasoned that the favorite presidential candidate among the people in their state would have a much better chance if all of the electors selected by their state were sure to vote the same way – a "general ticket" of electors pledged to a party candidate.[29] So the slate of electors chosen by the state were no longer free agents, independent thinkers, or deliberative representatives. They became "voluntary party lackeys and intellectual non-entities."[30] Once one state took that strategy, the others felt compelled to follow suit in order to compete for the strongest influence on the election.[29]
    When James Madison and Hamilton, two of the most important architects of the Electoral College, saw this strategy being taken by some states, they protested strongly. Madison and Hamilton both made it clear this approach violated the spirit of the Constitution. According to Hamilton, the selection of the president should be "made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station [of president]."[27]


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    Re: "general ticket" -that strategy- this strategy-this approach

    The last three all refer to the rule that all electors must vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state. Electors pledged to do so comprise a "general ticket".
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