Pros And Cons Of The Constitutional Convention

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The Constitutional Convention is a series of meetings that occurred in the summer of 1787. The Constitutional Convention considered several methods of electing the President of a nation that was composed of thirteen large and small States. The first plan was to have the Congress choose the president, but this plan was rejected because some felt that this choice would be too disruptive. Others felt that this choice would bring undignified political bargaining, corruption and would bother the balance of power of the federal government. The second plan was to have the State Legislatures select the president, but this idea was rejected out of the fears that a president, indebted to the State Legislatures might tolerate them to destroy federal authority and thus undermine the whole idea of federation. The third plan was to have the president elected by a direct popular vote, but this plan was …show more content…
The initial plan was for the most knowledgeable and enlightened individuals from each state to select the president based entirely on advantage and without regard to State of origin or political party. Under the centurial Assembly System of the Roman Republic, the adult male citizens of Rome were divided, according to their wealth, into groups of 100 called Centuries. Each group of 100 had to choose only one vote either in favor or against proposals submitted to them by the Roman Senate. In the Electoral College System, the states act as the group of 100 or as Centuries, but they are not based on their wealth, and the number of votes per state is determined by the size of each State’s Congressional delegation. The Constitution gave each state several elections equal to the combined total of its membership in the Senate, two of each state, and its delegation in the House of Representatives ranging from one to 52