Q. Let's start with the Electoral College and then get to the Florida mess. Why did the Founders set up this system?
A. They were divided. Some wanted Congress to pick the President. Others wanted the citizens to choose directly. The Electoral College was the compromise.
Q. So these electors, who are they?
A. States decide how they're chosen, but usually they are loyalists chosen by their parties. Five hundred and thirty-eight electoral votes are distributed among the states--one for each member of the House and Senate. (The District of Columbia gets three.) An elector is chosen for every electoral vote...