240 years ago, barely a month before the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, delegates to the Philadelphia Convention assigned the Council of Eleven with the task of formulating a mechanism for the election of the President of the United States of America.
The eleven men of the council had to devise a system that will at once protect the rights of the smallest states and defend against the influence of foreign governments while still adhering to the will of the majority. It was a difficult task, but the Council of Eleven managed to create a multi-tiered voting system called the College of Electors, modeled after the Centuriate Assembly of the ancient Roman Republic.
On November 8, 2016, the United States will use the almost two-and-a-half century-old Electoral College system for the 56th time to elect its 45th President. The newly elected president will be sworn in on January 20, 2017, which will also be President Barack Obama's last day in office.
How will the ...
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