U.S. Electoral College Controversies Essay
The history of the Electoral College is complicated. After the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, our founding fathers had to deal with the matter of creating a constitution for our booming country. On May 25, 1787, fifty-five delegates form twelve states excluding Rhode Island met to revise the Articles of the Confederation. This meeting soon changed course, and became a constitutional convention to write a new constitution for the newly United States. On August 31, 1787, a committee of eleven was commissioned to study various possible methods for the election of the president and to work out a plan, which the delegates could agree upon (Longley). The delegates deliberated for months over how to elect the chief executive. Over these months they considered and voted down the proposition of election by congress at least four times and direct election by the people twice (Best). Delegates who favored strong legislatures and weaker executive entity such as Charles Pinckney (South Carolina) and William C. Houston (New Jersey) advocated the direct election process.