Originally Posted by BlooMule
Electoral college was originally created to speed up the process of electing a president, and the members are not required to follow the popular vote. This was because the founding fathers wanted to prevent a largely uneducated public from electing an uneducated president.
edit- damn, bono beat me to it.
Yea, well now that the majority of the US is stupid and uneducated, the system is working wonders.