- Feb 2013
- Coastal Florida
I did miss the point. My apologies. There were many safeguards against "mob rule" in the initial U.S. system. As you likely know, the U.S. Senators were chosen by the state assembly ( only much later to be amended to a popular vote). This was just one example of power the States' wield, in relation to the Federal government at the inception of the nation. And while most electors have voted, at least in recent memory, for the candidate chosen by the popular vote, I am aware that they are not obliged t do so. In effect, the popular vote to this day does not affect the votes of the electoral college, in theory and practice, to this day. o, even if the Founding Fathers insisted that the electors be selected by popular vote, if the electors are not obligated to vote for the presidential candidate who won the popular vote, or even in proportion to the popular vote among the candidates, does it matter?