Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 25, 2012

Question of the Week #3: Government

Question of the Week #3:

What is the Electoral College, and why does the USA use it?



  1. The electoral college is used to determine the winner of the presidential election. The founding fathers chose this method as a compromise between popular vote vs. Congress electing the president. I like US history! Total history geek!

    • Thank you so much for your clear explanation, Casey. I’ll bet you’re a fan of the History Channel like me. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  2. great question. I know they elect the pres but as a Canadian I don’t know the story behind the college

    • Hi again Louise, What province of Canada do you live in? I lived in Montreal for one year–many, many decades ago. Cheers, Ashley

  3. I think when they first started using it, there was a good reason. But, I don’t see that reason existing any longer and the way it works now (IMHO) can lead to a person being elected who would not win the popular vote. I think the idea is outdated and no longer the best way to accomplish the American goal of electing a president FOR the people. I would much prefer to do away with this and elect a president based strictly on the popular vote of the people. But no one ever asks my opinion in these matters. 🙂

    • Hi Rhonda, Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, and I’ll ask for your opinion. 🙂 Supporters for the Electoral College suggest that it keeps heavily populated cities from dominating the rest of the country, forcing candidates to campaign in rural areas and not ignore these peoples’ needs. The supporters also claim the E. C. keeps large states such as Texas from dominating small states like Rhode Island. Do you agree or disagree? Cheers, Ashley

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