This site seeks to offer a basic understanding of an important piece of US democracy: the Electoral College and its electors, a concept enshrined in the US Constitution.
The information on this site includes a historical overview of the debate during the 1787 Constitutional Convention about how the President of the United States would be elected, the elector process set forth in Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution, and changes made through Constitutional amendments and clarifications made in Supreme Court rulings. It covers details about each of the 59 US presidential elections, how the Electoral College works in practice, what voting options exist, more resources for understanding the electoral process, pro and con views, and specific people for and against the Electoral College. We’ve also looked at the issue of faithless electors, those who choose not to vote for the candidate to whom they were pledged.
While many scholarly books and papers have been written about the birth of the electoral system, the changes to it over time, and its supporters and detractors, this site attempts to break down the basic components of the Electoral College in a simplistic way, including how it came into being, how it works, some related information about it, and some arguments for and against its continued use.