Question: Why did the Founding Fathers create electors?
Answer: A number of methods for choosing the president were debated before the "Committee of Eleven" proposed the electoral college as an indirect method to select the president. There were a couple of reasons why this method was finally selected to be included in the US Constitution:
- 1. To give extremely small states some say in the election. There was a fear that the larger population in some states would give them inordinate power when selecting the president.
- 2. To place a check on the 'uneducated' masses. At the time of the Constitutional Convention, many voters could not read and did not have access to accurate information. The framers of the Constitution felt that a check was needed.
Learn more about the electoral college:
- What is the electoral college?
- How many total electoral votes are there?
- How many electoral votes does a candidate need to win?
- Which states have the most electoral votes?
- How many electors does each state have?
- What about Washington, D.C. and the electoral vote?
- What happens if there is a tie in the electoral college?
- Who are the electors?
- What procedure is followed for the electors to vote?
- Has someone received a plurality of the vote yet lost in the electoral college?
- Has a tie ever occurred in the electoral college? When?
- Why don't the candidates get a proportion of the electoral vote?
- If the state's winner chooses electors, won't the person with the most votes win?
- Why have elections when the state's winner will receive all the electoral votes?
- When do we finally have an official winner?