posted on Dec, 26 2011 @ 09:39 PM
To better understand the electoral college we need to remember that it was developed in the 1780's. There was no practical way to have the people
vote directly for one person to run the whole country. The only available ways to travel were very slow - on foot, horseback, horse drawn carriage or
sailing ship. Even transporting letters or newspapers around was slow and difficult. It would have taken weeks or months just to try and collect and
count all of the votes.
The idea therefore was that each state would elect learned and trusted men (sorry no women) to be "electors". They would make the long journey to
the capital where they would meet together and elect the President. It was a good solution for the time.
Many people argue that this system is no longer necessary - it is a good argument. Unfortunately, the only way to change this system is by a
constitutional amendment. It is unlikely that the smaller states would ever support such an amendment because they currently have an advantage over
larger states. The smallest state, Wyoming, gets 3 electoral votes for about 500,000 people - one electoral vote for every 167,000 people.
California gets 55 electoral votes for 37,000,000 people - one electoral vote for every 672,000 people. Is that fair? Not unless you live in