February 4, 1789 ~ George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
The Electoral College consists of the popularly elected representatives (electors) who formally elect the President and Vice President of the United States.
Since 1964, there have been 538 electors in each presidential election. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution specifies how many electors each state is entitled to have and that each state's legislature decides how its electors are to be chosen; U.S. territories are not represented in the Electoral College. The Electoral College is an example of an indirect election.
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