The Electoral College – Origin and Objective

Subsequent to the 2016 general elections out of which businessman Donald Trump will be our 45th president, the usual and customary calls for the abolition of the Electoral College arise.

Authority of the Electoral College

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, as amended by the 12th Amendment, defines the role of the Electoral College.

A university student explains why the Electoral College works for America. [Source: The Daily Signal Facebook  Page]

As the young gentleman says, unlike Sweden, Denmark or Iceland, ours is a highly diverse union of sovereign states. Our nation is a conglomerate of 50 sovereign states and 16 territories of which 5 are inhabited (Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa). And, there is the District of Columbia.

Our form of federal government is a republic, a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

The Principle of Significance

The chief difference between a democracy and a republic is individual significance. Allow the following analog.

Before ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment on April 8, 1913, U.S. senators  were chosen by state legislators. Had this amendment not modified Article I, section 3, today our two U.S. senators would be accountable to 181 Texans, legislators. Subsequent to ratification of this amendment, Senator John Cornyn is now accountable to 27,000,000 Texans. In his circle of influence, we citizens of Texas have no influence. The lobbyists and power brokers in Washington, D.C. influence our senior senator.

Learn more about your significance: The Principle of Significance.

How we got the Electoral College

“The Founders did not want the public to directly elect the President, since previous experiments in direct elections at the state level had reinforced the conclusion that pure democracy was too dangerous. But the founders didn’t want Congress to elect the President either, because that would lead to “cabal faction & violence.” So the idea was adopted of having influential or “notable” community leaders that were not in Congress as Electors, with the people voting for these Electors because they believed they had good judgment.” – Excerpt by Delancy Place from The First Presidential Contest by Jeffrey Pasley

Read more on the Delancey website.

The Benefit of the Electoral College

Were the Electoral College eliminated in favor of electing presidents by popular vote, then liberal bastions like California and New York state would be choosing presidents who would promote policies favored by residents of those liberal states.

Learn about the tyranny of the majority from Prager University.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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