The importance of the Electoral College to the American political landscape cannot be overemphasized. Since the Constitutional Convention that was held by the United States in 1787, the Electoral College has slowly taken shape over the years to the current College as we know it today. The College has consistently proven to be a key element in the conduction of election in the USA, as evidenced by the fact that presidential candidates pay the most attention to capturing the Electoral College votes.[Edwards, George C. 2011. Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America. Yale University Press.] Background The Electoral College was proposed on the basis of the Virginia Plan, as espoused by the Virginia delegation.