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Once upon a time, the Electoral College was not controversial. As some of the states became heavily populated they felt they were not being represented, as they would like. They wanted the Constitution changed to electing the President and Vice-President by popular vote. They argued that every governor is elected by popular vote.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention asked themselves the same question in 1787 but rejected the idea. Some delegates wanted the legislators to elect the President especially Roger Sherman from Connecticut. James Wilson called for a popular vote and George Mason of Virginia thought the Senators should select the President. Later Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts thought the Governors should make the selection. On July 25, James Madison proposed electors.

 

 

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