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electoral college - Political Science Why do we have the...

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Political Science Why do we have the Electoral College? The reason we use this system rather than a simple direct election of the president is that the framers were scared of democracy. James Madison was concerned about "factions," which he defined as groups of citizens who have a common interest in some proposal that would either violate the rights of other citizens or would harm the nation as a whole. Madison’s fear was that a faction could grow to include more than 50 percent of the population, at which point it could forfeit to its ruling obsession or interest both the rights of the citizens and the public good. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in "The Federalist Papers," the Constitution is designed to guarantee, "that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications." The point of the Electoral College is to preserve "the sense of the people," while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen "by men most capable of analyzing the qualities
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