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Electoral College

wk2w Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 8:16 AM
Talk about a diamond in the rough.... That was one of the most intelligent, thoughtful articles I've seen in a very long time. It's truly sad that most people don't understand the electoral college, let alone the reasoning for it. This nation is a union of states. The states pick the president of the union. They were supposed to pick their representatives in Congress as well, but we summarily eliminated that process with the same ignorance that will be the downfall of the electoral college. Our founders were light-years ahead of us in their wisdom. We are fools, destroying the best governmental system ever devised. God help us - it's Rome all over again.
Younger Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 12:01 PM
"The states pick the president of the union. They were supposed to pick their representatives in Congress as well, but we summarily eliminated that process...." No, representatives have always been selected by the voting public. Senators were to be chosen by the legislations of the various states (Article I, Section 3.1). Amendment XVII, Section 1, reduced the power of the states.
The United States Constitution provides for an indirect election of the President. That is, you didn't vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney last week; you voted for electors pledged to vote for one or the other.

The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (which superseded a large section of Article II, Section 1) suggests says that the ballots of the electors in the several states having marked their ballots for President and Vice President shall

"transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; -- the...