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November 6th, 2012, 03:54
The Thrashman is partially correct about the Founder's intent with the Electoral College. He's missing the aspect that it was also a safety valve against the stupidity of the unwashed masses. With the politically active of the age being largely limited to gentlemen farmers, the Founders put the actual selection process in the hands of people they trusted (rich white male landholders like themselves) while maintaining a semblence of democracy. You'll note that the Constitution does not stipulate how electoral representatives shall vote—theoretically they could completely ignore the popular vote. Individual states have since codified how that works for each state, but the legal framework was set by the Founders to call an audible just in case the colonists elected (an invalid example, but illustrative) King George to be president.

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