But let’s get serious. Let’s review origins, consequences, & flaws of the Electoral College.
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A major, major driving force was slavery.
No more. Oh well.
I think we can safely say that in 2016, that would have been an interesting deliberation.
Sadly, not always.
(Simulation: Vinod Bakthavachalam, @MEVCUSA)
(Footnote: I believe Andrea Moro and I are tied for this honor. And of course @NateSilver538 started in 2008!)
(first image, @FiveThirtyEight. Voter power calculation, PEC)
States could simply vote to assign their electors to the winner of the *national* popular vote, not their own state's vote. They can do that. And boom, done.
The point is that in a time of turmoil for our democracy, maybe it's time to think of ways to build a better system.
The only Presidential election to be reversed by taking them away would be 2000, Bush v. Gore (though yes, a big one). But other elections would not have been affected.
Fifty-odd elections later, after the end of slavery, experience and modern computation can help us understand what they wrought.
(1) We have to understand what it does *today*, not what they thought then. That requires math and analysis.
The resulting kludge almost works: Democracy 1.0. In 2019, we can do better.