Why Does the Electoral College Matter?

The job of the Electoral College is to select the President and Vice President after the people of each state have voted. When the national vote and the electoral vote reach different conclusions, as happened in 2016, voters on the losing side cry foul. Why do we have an electoral college in the first place?

In this first of three presentations on our constitutional democracy, Meg Mott considers the rationale behind this 18th century institution.


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