Salve civium.  Why was the American 'electoral college' system introduced and is it still relevant today?

We non-Americans remain confused as to why this seriously complicated and obviously strange idea was even considered necessary. 

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  • 1 month ago
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    When the delegates from each state got together to draft our Constitution, they had a number of serious issues of disagreement.  To their credit, they resolved them all through compromise.  I doubt our 'statesmen' of today could do as well!

    Even at that time there was a tension between slave states and non-slave states.  The non-slave states wanted to abolish slavery but instead they were forced to make some compromises to protect it, to get the southern states to join the Union.  The Electoral College was one of these.

    The purpose of the Electoral College was to give smaller states a little more power, proportionate to their size.  We also gave small states equal representation in the upper house of our legislature, for the same reason.

    NOBODY likes the Electoral College.  In 231 years (so far) there  have been over 200 proposals to do away with the Electoral College.  But to do that would require a constitutional amendment, which must be ratified by 2/3  of our states.  Meaning that some smaller states would be voting to give up some of their power!  So that's not going to happen any time soon.

    Our founding fathers knew the Electoral College could possibly give us a president who hadn't won the popular vote.  This has happened only 3 times so far, and it's given us 3 of the worst presidents we've ever had!  Ironically, all three of them behaved as if they'd won by a huge popular landslide!

  • 1 month ago

    Yes it is still relevant, just ask yourself this question do you want cesspools like New York, Chicago, and L.A deciding what the whole country should do. If no the it’s relaxant, if yes then it’s not. 

  • 1 month ago

    I thought Clinton got the most votes cast so they used the college system to stop a woman being president, or am I mistaken? (Not about the votes cast, that is true, she did get about 3 million more than the Stable Genius. 2.87million, to be exact...)

  • 1 month ago

    That is because -- as Madison and other Founders said about people like you --- You think that how things should be is always going to be how YOU think things should be.

    The Electoral College is like MANY MANY MANY Features of the Constitution, designed to prevent Tyranny of the Majority.

    Are you so stupid as to allow that California only has 2 Senators just like Rhode Island. Yet the population difference is ENORMOUS

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  • 1 month ago

    The framers of the Constitution instituted checks & balances into the system to prevent factionalism & get people to cooperate & work together for the good of ALL Americans. It's all about balancing power, preventing one state or one party from taking over the country. It's especially relevant - more vital than ever - with corrupt Democrats manipulating the electorate & establishing a small but very corrupt & wealthy power elite (e.g. Pelosi, the Clintons, the Bidens, etc.).

  • 1 month ago

    There were a couple reasons why it was included in the Constitution.

    1: At the time, "United States" was an explicitly plural concept.  So many aspects of the way the federal government was organized treated the states as quasi-independent sovereign entities.  The Electoral College was part of that.

    2: Also at the time, democracy was an untested concept.  Many of the Founders were concerned that it could lead to naked populism and chaos.  A LOT of work was done - including in the Bill of Rights - to ensure that this didn't happen, and the rights of the "little guy" weren't trampled on by the majority.  Again, the Electoral College was part of that. 

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