The Original Rationale for the Electoral College and Some Reasons It Persists (Zachary Elkins - 5:09)

The Electoral College functions solely to select the President via an indirect election, and is widely considered one of the major anachronisms remaining in the Constitution. Professor Zachary Elkins explains the factors that contributed to the creation of the Electoral College, and why, despite its many critics, it perseveres as a critical institution in the electoral system created by the Constitution.

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Interview recorded August 13, 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin. Interview conducted by Dr. James Henson with video production by Daniel Garza assisted by Carrie Wells and Geoff Yano. Audio post-production by Michael Heidenreich with the assistance of Sean Neesley.