populations wield the same power as those with larger populations.
In the district plan, electors would be chosen the same way members of Congress are selected: each congressional district would select one elector (just as they select representatives), and two electors would be selected based on the overall popular vote in a State (just as senators are selected).
The proportional plan suggests that each candidate would receive the same share of a State’s electoral vote as he or she received in the State’s popular vote.
A commonly heard reform suggests that the electoral college be done away with altogether in favor of direct popular election. At the polls, voters would vote directly for the President and Vice President instead of electors.
The national bonus plan would automatically offer the winner of the popular vote 102 electoral votes in addition to the other electoral votes he or she might gain.
Electoral College Supporters There are two major strengths of the electoral college that its supporters espouse:
It is a known process. Each of the proposed, but untried, reforms may very well have defects that could not be known until they appeared in practice.
In most election years, the electoral college defines the winner of the presidential election quickly and certainly.