The Establishment of the Electoral College Essay

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The Electoral College is the system established by the Founding Fathers to select the President of the United States. It is important that Americans have a fundamental knowledge of this system, and the obstacles overcame in its development. There were many obstacles faced by the Founding Fathers while constructing the government. America was comprised of 13 states that wanted to protect their individual rights and leery of a strong centralized government. The nation’s population lay across a vast area with limited communication capabilities. In addition, the Founders believed that a true gentleman should not campaign for office. “The office should seek the man, the man should not seek the office” was the saying. They challenged themselves …show more content…

The possibility also existed of the each state legislature voting for only one of their state's “favorite sons”. This could lead to no single candidate winning a majority, thus no president selected. Finally, an indirect election of the president through a College of Electors was proposed. The original idea was to have the most informed individuals from each state select the president. They were to base their decision solely on merit without regard to state of origin or political party of the candidates. The elector system was voted down twice, once as the electors to be chosen by each state legislature and the other as the electors to be chosen by direct vote. It passed under a compromise that granted the individual states the power to decide how to choose their electors(Peirce 44).      Initially, different states adopted different methods for choosing their electors. Some states decided to have the state legislatures select the electors. Other states chose the district system, where the people of each congressional district select the electors. States also used the general ticket system where the winner of the popular vote for that state received all of the electoral votes(Glennon 12). Due to problems associated with the other systems, the general ticket system emerged as the dominating method for elector selection(Glennon 13). Today, all states choose their electors by the general

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