Speakeasy Today #1: The Purpose of the Electoral College by Thomas Krannawitter | Oct 19, 2018 | Speakeasy Today Podcasts | 3 comments Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS 3 Comments Scott Reynolds on October 20, 2018 at 9:15 am I like the focus on the type/character of President the electoral system was designed to tend toward. Arguments over the Electoral College often come down to concern over the type of President who would emerge. With a direct vote system, the thought is that you would tend to see candidates whose appeal is to the masses in the handful of largest states and their appetites for free stuff. With the Electoral College system, you tend to see candidates whose appeal is to people in a handful of smaller “swing” states — with the thought that those people are at least marginally more reasonable and more diverse in their views and desires than the large-state mobs. As with most of the Constitution, the Presidential Electoral system is NOT designed to empower any group or individual (including the President), but to constrain the power of and potential damage that can be done by government. Reply Thomas Krannawitter on October 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm Agreed, Scott. Another way to present the idea of the Electoral College: A numerical majority is not necessarily a reasonable majority, or a moderate majority. A numerical majority can be an unjust, even tyrannical majority. The purpose of the Electoral College is to *encourage* (it cannot guarantee) the formation of a reasonable majority, or at least a moderate majority, in selecting the President. And it does this by requiring Presidential candidates to appeal to many different interests spread out across different states. Reply Grant on November 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm My 8th grader homeschool community asks the following questions: What are the mechanics of how one becomes an elector? Are they bound by caucus or poll? Why? How is Puerto Rico treated in the electoral college & why? Does the electoral college increase or decrease representation of the child’s best interest & why? Does the electoral college offset rural vs urban balance of power relative to direct democracy? How? Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.