Why Does the US have an Electoral College? is a content resource from Annenberg Political Fact Check, which seeks to answer why the U.S. has an electoral college. The resource states a direct answer as because the framers of the Constitution didn't trust direct democracy. It is further explained by quotes from Quotes by James Madison, Alexis de Tocqueville and Alexander Hamilton. The resource also, gives examples of when a person can get the most votes for presidency without being elected. The resource does include a list of sources at the bottom of the page, and there is an author credited with answering the basic question at hand.
Social Studies Standards (2001)
Grade Level Indicators (Grade 11)
Evaluate the limitations and the opportunities that result from decisions made in the past including:
- Electoral College;
- Direct election of senators;
- Income tax;
- Length of terms of elected and appointed officials.