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The Electoral College keeps states in control of presidential elections

The Electoral College is worth defending

The American founders rejected a national popular vote and instead created the Electoral College. This state-by-state election process forces politicians to attract national support, keeps states in charge of elections (preventing presidents from controlling their own reelections), and contains disputes within the states where they arise. Many nations around the world use a similar two-step election process. Read more below about how the process works, what the Constitution says, and why it is worth defending.