For the pass seventy years and probably much longer, a favorite high school debating subject has been the pros and cons of abolishing the Electoral College. After the close election in 2000 it again became a hot subject and it continues to pop up often. Millions of our fellow citizens are convinced that Presidents should be elected solely on the basis of the popular vote, nationwide.
Actually, the Electoral College system works quite in most years. Wheh the popular vote is close, the electoral vote will usually be fairly conclusive the outcome of the election is determined within hours after the polls are closed.
Even in 2004, the problems - vote recounting, court cases, etc - were concentrated in one state. What would have happened if the popular vote was to decide the outcome? What happened in Florida could have been repeated in the other 49 states!
Today, in any state where the popular edge is not close there would be little point in a recount even if the national totals were close. But in a national popular count, every vote anywhere in the country is equal to every vote anywhere else in the country. So, if my candidate won, say, 55 percent of the vote in my state I might still seek a recount if I thought I could unearth additional votes to add to the national total. Miquel de Cervantes ("Don Quixote") may have said it all when warned against leaping "out of the frying pan into the fire."