Essay On Electoral College

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Electoral College People all over our nation have been asking this question since the historical 2000 Presidential election: “Who created the Electoral College and why did they do it?” We have the framers of the Constitution to thank for the set up of the process itself. Back in the 1700s, many of our founding fathers feared that simply giving the election to the person with the highest popular vote was reckless and foolish. On the other side was the argument that allowing Congress to choose our leader was too close to the system used to choose royalty. So the Electoral College was seen as a perfect compromise for our first Presidential election. So in Article II, section I of the Constitution they set up a plan by which the voters would choose these “electors” who would make the choice of President for them. Perhaps more importantly is the question of why we continue to use the Electoral College now in 2010.…show more content…
An elector there had the right to help elect a German King, who would usually be crowned as Emperor. These electors were princes from the various German states, and when they got together to vote they were collectively known as a “college” just as in the college of cardinals that elect the Pope. By the early 1800s, the term “electoral college” was being used for the group of those who came together to elect our President and Vice President, though it was still unofficial. It was written into Federal law in 1845, in 3 U.S.C. section 4 as “the college of
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