The framers of the constitution understood from an experienced point of view the problem of allowing any one man or group to have unyielding power to ensure such tyranny did not become part of. States were equal in congress – one vote each 5 supermajorities (9/13) required to pass any measure in congress why the framers created a republic: 1 direct democracy was impractical (too large and populous a country) electoral college system to choose president 3 bicameralism – voter majority in house but state majority in. The framers were fearful of making the president too dependent on congress short of impeachment—the atomic bomb of domestic politics—there are no means by which a president can be reined in.
A number of electors of president and vice president equal to the whole number of senators and representatives in congress to which the district would be entitled if it were a state, but in no event more than the least populous state they shall be in addition to those appointed by the states, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of. Many today want to get rid of the electoral college method of choosing our president for example, there is a book called why the electoral college is bad for america it has quite a lot of good information in it, though the author draws the wrong conclusion. Why were the most of the framers opposed to choosing the president by popular vote by congress i does the american vote really count michelle ellis south university january 16, 2013 author note this paper was prepared for english 2001, section 06, taught by professor phillips. James madison and some other framers favored some manner of popular vote for president others passionately opposed it some of the framers wanted congress to choose the president.
The most obvious alternative was to have the president elected by congress but the framers also wanted an executive who would be both independent of congress and a check upon it. The framers of the constitution advertisement: william pierce, of georgia, spoke very little at the constitutional convention, but his contributions to what we know of the other delegates to the convention are invaluable and my services in congress and the convention were bestowed with the best intention towards the interest of georgia. The framers of the constitution were wary of executive power because they saw it as the most likely source of tyranny king george iii of britain was, for many, the villain of the revolutionary war he was an example of executive power run amok.
So, let’s briefly explain: according to the us government, the electoral college serves as a “compromise between election of the president by a vote in congress and choice of the president by a popular vote of qualified citizens. Why were most of the framers opposed to choosing a president by popular vote by congress they believed that voters in such a large country couldn't learn enough about the candidates to make an informed decision. The structure of congress article i of the constitution describes the legislative branch, called congress after hashing out the terms of the great compromise, the framers created a bicameral legislature, with a lower chamber called the house of representatives and an upper chamber called the senate. So, let's briefly explain: according to the us government, the electoral college serves as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in congress and choice of the president by a.
Read through pages 365-367 and answer the following questions 1 why were most of the framers opposed to choosing the president by popular vote. National popular vote argues that the current system encourages presidential candidates to spend most of their time in “swing states” rather than campaigning for votes across the entire country. Presidential selection: the framers' plan section preview congress or by a direct vote of the people earlyintheconvention, most ofthedelegates favored selection by congress later, nearly all why were most of the framers opposed to choosing the president by popular vote by congress 2 (a). (c) those states that did choose electors by popular vote had widely varying restrictions on suffrage via property requirements (d) the new york legislature failed to appoint its allotted 8 electors in time, so there were no voting electors from new york.
Though the winner of the national popular vote typically takes the presidency, that vote failed to determine the winner in four elections: 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000 some see the electoral college as a peculiar and mystifying institution that ensures only a few, select individuals will ever cast a direct vote for president in the united states. Contingent election in 1825: philosophy, procedures, precedents the emergence of four major presidential candidates in the 1824 presidential election led to a fragmentation of the electoral vote, necessitating contingent election of the president by the house of representatives in 1825 the dominant democratic-republicans divided into four. This was a result of a compromise between those constitutional framers who wanted the congress to choose the president, and those who preferred a national popular vote  each state is allocated a number of electors that is equal to the size of its delegation in both houses of congress combined. Were too poorly informed to choose wisely more important, the framers feared that popular election could enable a tyrant to capture the presidency by appealing to the people’s fears and.
The framers thought they would be a check on demagogues and the popular passions, said jeffrey rosen, president of the national constitution center in philadelphia it seems antiquated, and it. They believed that voters in such a large country couldn't learn enough about the candidates to make an informed decision person with most votes became president and second most votes became vp (vice president. Under the electoral college system, it is possible for a presidential candidate to lose the nationwide popular vote, yet be elected president of the united states by winning in only a handful of key states should you ever forget this fact, critics of the electoral college will be sure to remind you. (maine and nebraska allot two electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide popular vote the balance are allocated based on the popular vote by congressional district) as a result, small parties and less well known candidates seldom have had a chance to affect the outcome of an election directly.