The Electoral College has elected the president and vice president of the United States since the nation's beginnings. It maintains a federal system of government and representation. It contributes to the political stability of the nation by encouraging a two-party system. If there was no electoral college, then the people might make wrong choice of electing the president.
The electoral college was supposed to be a check if the voters or the state legislatures (as the state legislatures nominated the delegates at first) chose a terrible president and then the delegates could overrule this. It was also supposed to like the Senate balance the representation of states with lower populations. But in practice the electoral college leads to pandering to "battleground states" and the more populous the state the better. I live in a battleground state but I still don't think the electoral college is fair. The winner of the popular vote should be president.
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by replacing state winner-take-all laws.
Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.
The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of Electoral College votes—that is, enough to elect a President (270 of 538). The candidate receiving the most popular votes from all 50 states (and DC) would get all the 270+ electoral votes of the enacting states.
The presidential election system, using the 48 state winner-take-all method or district winner method of awarding electoral votes, that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founders. It is the product of decades of change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.
The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founders in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. States can, and have, changed their method of awarding electoral votes over the years. Historically, major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.
In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided).
Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls.
Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.
The bill has passed 33 state legislative chambers in 22 rural, small, medium, and large states with 250 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 10 jurisdictions with 136 electoral votes – 50.4% of the 270 necessary to go into effect. If it is signed into law by New York Gov. Cuomo. It will be 61% of the way.
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I also am not a fan of the electoral college. As @Conservative101 said, the popular vote does not matter in the decision of the presidency. For another thing, if you are a Democrat in a strong red state, or a Republican in a strong blue state, your vote has little effect. It's not going to change either, because the politicians have no reason to.
The Electoral College does not represent the popular vote of the American citizens. A president can win the office with less percentage of the popular vote with the electoral college. In 2000, George W. Bush won the presidency with the lesser popular vote. Also, the E.C.'s tiebraker rules can result in the Speaker of the House or Vice President assuming office while the real president is being decided.