Why do we still have the Electoral College? Why not not use the popular vote in each state? Voting machines and computers, are they vulnerable to being hacked by anyone?
There has been some discussion about why we still have the Electoral College formally choose the President and the Vice President. The Electoral College was originally created because the Founding Fathers didn’t trust the common man to make good decisions. The Electoral College was established in the Constitution as a safeguard against the common people making poor choices for their leaders.
Today, the Electoral College exists mainly because of tradition. It has been a part of our system from the beginning of the Constitution. As a result, efforts to consider changing it meet with opposition from traditionalists. It also would require a constitutional amendment that isn’t easy to achieve. While there is little fear today that people will make poor choices when electing their leaders, and, therefore, letting the popular vote decide the results of presidential elections may sound like a good idea, it would total change the whole primary system and go against the historical precedent used in the country since the Constitution became our plan of government. Further, there have been very few elections where the popular vote winner didn’t win the vote in the Electoral College. As a result, there hasn’t been much movement to change the system we use to choose our President and Vice President.