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The Electoral College: Federalism And The Election Of The American President, Edwin C. Kisiel Iii Apr 2008

The Electoral College: Federalism And The Election Of The American President, Edwin C. Kisiel Iii

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The system of the Electoral College for presidential elections should remain intact and not be replaced by national popular election. Looking back at the discourse during the ratification of the Constitution, the Framers of the Constitution chose to devise the Electoral College to ensure the president would be truly a statesman, not a politician. Additionally, the Framers recognized that the “one person, one vote” system of popular election would not be sufficient to elect the president. Furthermore, since the President is an officer of the states, the Framers created a federal electoral system whereby small states have disproportionate representation in ...