With the next Presidential election almost four years away, the Electoral College gets little attention but it is always worth pointing out what a horrible institution it is. According to Gallup, by a greater two-to-one margin Americans want to replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote. From Gallup:

Americans' Support for Doing Away With U.S. Electoral College, January 2013

The Electoral College doesn’t just distort our political debate by having candidates focused only on voters in “swing states.” It has repeatedly resulted in the candidate who got the most votes actually losing the election.

Most insidiously, the Electoral College makes it theoretically possible for parties to change how a state assigns their electoral votes to essentially steal. legally, an election. The head of the RNC has even openly talked about doing this to make it basically impossible for a Democrat to win the White House.

Fortunately, effectively stripping the Electoral College of any power is relatively easy. The National Popular Vote campaign is pushing an interstate compact that would make sure our Presidents are elected by all the people by having states agree to give all the electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote. It will go into effect when enough states to make 270 electoral votes sign on and so far it is halfway to its goal.