The Framers were wary of giving the people the power to directly elect thePresident — some felt the citizenry too beholden to local interests, tooeasily duped by promises or shenanigans, or simply because a national election,in the time of oil lamps and quill pens, was just impractical. Some proposalsgave the power to the Congress, but this did not sit well with those who wantedto see true separation of the branches of the new government. Still others feltthe state legislatures should decide, but this was thought to make thePresident too beholden to state interests. The Electoral College, proposed byJames Wilson, was the compromise that the Constitutional Conventionreached.


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