The Electoral College

1774 Words Jun 19th, 2018 8 Pages
Is it possible for a presidential candidate to receive the most popular votes and still not be elected president? Many Americans are shocked to discover that the answer to this question is yes. The Founding Fathers were not the strong advocates of democratic rule that the average American has been led to believe. For proof of this one needs to look no further than Article II of the United States Constitution. In Article II one will find the details of the Electoral College system, a system which denies the power to elect the president to the American people. (The Constitution) The Electoral College is an outmoded system which denies the American people the right to elect their president democratically and should be abolished and …show more content…
A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations. It was also peculiarly desirable to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder. This evil was not least to be dreaded in the election of a magistrate, who was to have so important an agency in the administration of the government as the President of the United States. But the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration, promise an effectual security against this mischief. (Why Was the Electoral College Created)

One can determine quite clearly from these words that the Electoral College system was designed to be anti-democratic. The issue of how to best divide power between the large states and small states played an important role in the development of the Electoral College. Traditional wisdom teaches that the
Founders created the Electoral College as part of the compromise to win the support of the small states that feared that the large states would have too