Why do we have the Electoral College? Our Founding Fathers worried that even qualified citizens (generally white, male landowners) wouldn’t have the information necessary to make a truly informed decision.
So they decided to give the States the authority to appoint educated, well-read Electors to vote on behalf of their citizens. As the Constitution makes clear, the States elect the President and Vice-President, individuals don’t.
The Electoral College is managed by the Federal Register, part of the National Archives. You can learn more by visiting our website and watching our new video that explains how the votes actually get counted.
You can also like the Federal Register on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@ElectoralCollge) for the latest updates.
Image: Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote, 02/09/1825 (ARC 306207)

Why do we have the Electoral College? Our Founding Fathers worried that even qualified citizens (generally white, male landowners) wouldn’t have the information necessary to make a truly informed decision.

So they decided to give the States the authority to appoint educated, well-read Electors to vote on behalf of their citizens. As the Constitution makes clear, the States elect the President and Vice-President, individuals don’t.

The Electoral College is managed by the Federal Register, part of the National Archives. You can learn more by visiting our website and watching our new video that explains how the votes actually get counted.

You can also like the Federal Register on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@ElectoralCollge) for the latest updates.

Image: Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote, 02/09/1825 (ARC 306207)