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Why do we have the electoral college?
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By Brandan Davies
Mr. Davies is licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas. He graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law, as well as, the University of Kansas with a bachelors in Political science. Mr. Davies' legal articles have been ...
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Mr. Davies is licensed to practice law in the state of Kansas. He graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law, as well as, the University of Kansas with a bachelors in Political science. Mr. Davies' legal articles have been published in various business journals and newspapers across Kansas and Oklahoma. His legal pedigree includes mediating for the Oklahoma Supreme Court, serving as an apprentice for a federal district court judge, and working as an attorney for a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Davies has received numerous honors for his legal work including multiple CALI Excellence for the Future awards, and was named as a Carl Albert Executive Fellow in 2009. He has handled hundreds of cases and helped hundreds of clients.
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Nov. 7, 2012 9:23 a.m.



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Q: Why do we have the electoral college for presidential elections?



*First let me preface this by saying its not the type of question I generally answer, it is not exactly a legal question.  That being said three different people submitted this question so... I'll do my best.

A:  The electoral college was installed for two primary reasons: (1) It was a compromise between very populated states and states without a large population.  It was a compromise between big states and small states.  It was supposed to keep small states from getting dominated by large states.  The idea was to keep candidates from just going to the populous states and leaving out the small states.  (2) You have to remember when the system was set up over 200 years ago the political, economic, and well everything was different than it it now.  The United States didn't have 20 channels of 24/7 news covering everything and brodcasting it out in HD to your TV, computer, and cell phone.  People were worried that some rouge but wealthy, "crazy person" would trick the electorate into voting for them.  The founders were worried that the average man wasn't smart enough to vote.  They set up the electoral college to act as a buffer between the common man and electing the president.  The idea being to save the people from the people.

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