How can we take an important piece like this and make it mainstream, then organize people around debating ways to solve it? The great points here lead directly to the zero-sum game we have today, which is causing the rancor and acrimony in America. We are made to feel that we MUST win because we will not be represented otherwise. The shortcomings of the Electoral College are examples of how this happens.
I know that this is a really old post but I would firstly like to point out that I completely agree with Eric; especially on the point about states taking control. Also I would like to point out that I generally vote conservative, In an electoral system where winner-takes-all it is definitely more possible for particular states to gain more influence than others.
Gore won Florida. Yes, the consortium that did the recount declared that given the "limited" recount that the court usurped, Bush might of have won. But they also did a full statewide recount, and looked at the over votes. Furthermore Bush supporters got late arriving absentee military votes counted in select districts, if all those votes has been counted statewide Gore would have won. Gore got the votes but lost the recount because he failed to get a full statewide recount of all ballots and an application of the same standards to all late arriving absentee military ballots. You can't blame Ralph Nader for this. Furthermore, Gore didn't lose to Nader he lost to Bush, more Democrats voter for Bush.
One advantage of the electoral college... It "creates" a consensus insofar as the winner invariably wins bigger in the EV count than they do in the popular vote. Case in point: Barack Obama 53% share of the popular vote in 2008 translated into 68% of the electoral college vote.
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As far as these problems go, they all would disappear (except for #8, which I really don't see as a problem) under the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. ;)
We think Clinton is an overwhelming favorite to win the popular vote
For the same reason, it distorts governance. A first-term president who expects to have a tough reelection fight (as they all at least expect to) but who wanted to establish diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba (broken in 1960) would have to consider the possibility that such a policy might cost him Florida and therefore a second term. Perhaps this helps explain why long after Washington normalized relations with the Soviet Union, China and other governments that formerly or presently call themselves Communists, Cuba remains on the do-not-call list.