Electoral College

The authors of the Constitution did not want the masses of uneducated citizens to have the power to elect the President. They believed that the President should be elected by wise, well educated men who understood the dangers associated with democracy.

In order to prevent a tyranny of the majority, the men who wrote the Constitution established the Electoral College.

The Constitution authorizes the legislatures of the decide on how the electors would be selected. Initially the electors were chosen by the state legislature or they were elected by the people in their Congressional District.

After the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828 things began to change. The electors who had previously been chosen to represent Congressional District were now to be chosen by political parties on a state-wide basis.

The states also began to award the candidate winning state wide popular vote all of the state’s electoral votes.

The “Winner Take All” method of allocating electoral votes which promoted, exactly what our founders were trying to prevent.

Instead of having the people elect their electors, the political parties chose electors who would take their marching orders from the party rather than the people.

Today many electors donate large sums of money to be chosen as an electors.  Electors were supposed to vote their conscience, but today they merely cast their votes for the candidate that wins the state’s popular vote.

In order to restore the integrity of the Electoral College the states need to have the people elect their electors to represent their Congressional District.

The electors should not be in any way associated with a political parties. Retired former state and/or county officials might be good candidates to become electors.