The Electoral College, like the filibuster, is a remnant of a racist past that needs to be abolished. According to Wikipedia, “The United States Electoral College is the group of presidential electors required by the Constitution to form every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president. Each state appoints electors according to its legislature, equal in number to its congressional delegation (senators and representatives). Federal office holders cannot be electors. Of the current 538 electors, an absolute majority of 270 or more electoral votes is required to elect the president and vice president. If no candidate achieves an absolute majority there, a contingent election is held by the United States House of Representatives to elect the president, and by the United States Senate to elect the vice president.”
The flaws in the system are multiple. The worst aspect is that it allows the election of a president who did not win the popular vote. That happened in 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016. The most recent example was Donald Trump, unquestionably the worst president the U.S. has ever had. He lost the 2016 popular election to Hillary Clinton by 2.86 million votes but was elected by the Electoral College.
That outcome obviously violated the one person-one vote dictum that requires equal power for each voter. And if we learn nothing else from the disastrous reign of Trump, let’s fix our voting system by eliminating the Electoral College in hopes that it never happens again.