In my social media feeds this morning, I’ve seen a lot about how we should replace the Electoral College system for electing Presidents with “the popular vote.” It’s point #5 in Michael Moore’s “Morning After” prescription for Democrats.
It’s perhaps worth pointing out that the electoral college system was an essential part of the plan that got the original 13 states to surrender some of their sovereignty to the federal government and ratify the Constitution of the United States. There is NO WAY the small states would have agreed to a popular vote system in 1787 -1789 and there is NO WAY they would agree to it today–its practical effect would be to disenfranchise them in presidential elections.
No electoral college system–no Constitution–no United States of America, simple as that.
Look at our name: we are not “America.”
We are “The United States of America.” The electoral college system (or something like it) was (and is) the only compromise acceptable to both small and large states. Getting rid of a system expressly designed to preserve the voice of small states in Presidential elections is such a non-starter that it isn’t worth wasting energy over.
(For what it’s worth, Abraham Lincoln, often considered our best President, received 39.9% of the popular vote in 1860. You can look it up. They were almost perfectly distributed to translate into electoral college votes.)