In a column today, Alex Smith argues the Electoral College isn’t perfect, but that it is necessary:
“There’s been a lot of talk recently about the ineptitudes of the electoral college. Many see it merely as an old artifact of the past, something so hopelessly outdated and irrelevant in today’s modern world that it is surprising even to find it still around.
“Though it does have some flaws, by no means is that a reason to do away with it. It is important to remember that the Electoral College does something that a direct democracy in an area as large as the United States could never do. It actually gives different segments of the whole country some semblance of fair representation, thereby making America a representative democracy as it was intended to be when the Constitution was formed.”