The Electoral College system is one of the legacies of the inspired genius of our Founding Fathers. It was part of the Great Compromise between the big states and the small states which transformed us from 13 rival colonies into a constitutional republic. This Great Compromise brought together the large and small states by means of a national Congress, with the House based on population and Senate based on state sovereignty. The Electoral College is the mirror image of that compromise; it recognizes that the United States is a nation of both "we the people" and sovereign states.
The Electoral College is the unique vehicle that gives us a President who achieves a majority in a functioning political process. It saves us from the fate of other nations that suffer from the agonies and uncertainties of coalition governments patched together when no candidate or party wins a popular-vote majority. The Electoral College has served us well for more than two centuries, with repeated peaceful transfers of power, and there is every reason to believe it can continue to serve us well.
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