As our great country was being formed and shaped by rich, northeastern Deists, there was a debate. There were lots of debates, but the one to which I refer is that of how much power The People should have in deciding the presidency. On one hand, having just fought for their freedom from England, it was a hard sell to the publick that the leader of the country was just going to be appointed for life - that's exactly what most of them thought they were dying to prevent. On the other hand, you couldn't just have the reins of this new country in the hands of whomever got the most white landowners hammered at barbecues. So the Electoral College was formed by Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution. This would allow the legislature to select the white guys who then would select the president. You just couldn't trust the people as a whole to do what was best.
Why is this important? Because Lance Berkman is fifth in All-Star voting for NL First Baseman.