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 -- from The First Presidential Contest by Jeffrey Pasley. 

The Electoral College was perhaps the least successful element of the U.S. Constitution. (And not unexpectedly, modifications to the Electoral College process came quickly). The Founders did not want the public to directly elect the President, since previous experiments in direct elections at the state level had reinforced the conclusion that pure democracy was too dangerous. But the founders didn't want Congress to elect the President either, because that would lead to 'cabal faction & violence.' So the idea was adopted of having influential or 'notable' community leaders that were not in Congress as Electors, with the people voting for these Electors because they believed they had good judgment.  (Excerpt... BTW, DelancyPlace.com is a joy to read every morning...Subscribe and see!)

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