Political science’s Joe White explains the history of the electoral college

Why the electoral college really matters in this election

ideastream: In the lead-up to the election, ideastream gives a brief civics lesson on the history, process and power of the electoral college. “We have an Electoral College because the people who wrote the Constitution did not believe in direct democracy, and they thought that the president should be chosen by a selection of eminent and responsible people from different states rather than any kind of direct popular election,” said Joe White, chair of the political science department.