US ELECTIONS - UNIT 3C EDEXCEL.

These are my notes on american elections. Mostly from Storey's blue book, but as he's the chief examiner they should be good! May be some spelling/grammar mistakes as it hasn't been checked. 

Covers most of the sub-topics within elections.

For A2 Edexcel Government and Politics, hope it helps :) 

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Concerns about the Electoral System

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