presidential Election of 1824 (The Corrupt Bargain)
Standardized Writing Assignment
Presidential Election of 1824 (The Corrupt Bargain)
Individual Popular Votes
The results of the presidential election of 1824 were extremely controversial. The controversy reached such a fever pitch that today we refer to this election as “The Corrupt Bargain.”
The U. S. Constitution states that presidents will be chosen based on electoral votes submitted by the Electoral College. If the number of electoral votes earned by a candidate does not show a clear majority, the election is turned over to the House of Representatives to choose the next president.
The table above represents the numerical results of the individual popular votes and electoral votes for the different candidates in the presidential election of 1824. Based on these results, and your understanding of Chapter Ten, write a short analysis of these numerical results.
Your analysis should include:
Interpret how Congress concluded that Andrew Jackson did not have a clear majority based upon the popular and electoral votes above.
Represent a breakdown of the individual results as percentages and/or ratios of the overall vote.
Calculate numerically or graphically the differences between each candidate’s popular votes as opposed to their electoral votes.
Analyze a logical solution in consideration of the numerical data provided in the table.
Based upon the numbers above, make an assumption as to why Congress would have a rule based upon a clear majority in presidential elections.
Communicate a written interpretation offering alternative solutions and/or applying this issue to present day