"Actually, I added the word 'primary' and should not have. The only reason Wood gives for creating the E.C. is the issue that citizen's wouldn't know about national candidates who were not from their localities. He suggests no other factor. Sorry for the error."
I don't think anyone was thinking of citizens voting for president at that time (1787). The states were to have as many electoral votes as their total representation in Congress, meaning no state could have fewer than three votes. The Constitution does not specify how the electors were to be chosen in each state. At best citizens would vote for electors who were not bound to a candidate. However, the state legislatures could also choose electors directly. By the 1800 election, it was clear electors would be associated with candidates, but they were never bound by federal law. Even today, only some states require an elector to vote for who he/she claimed to represent but this may not be enforceable.
Gordon Wood is saying that members of the Constitutional convention were discussing citizen's voting, but you say you "don't think anyone was thinking of citizens voting for president at that time (1787)?"
Are you saying that Gordon Wood is inventing the conversation he claims is in the records of the convention?