I am playing a little bit of devil's advocate so I am purposefully being a little obtuse hehe, but I do think that this is a perfect example of a process that doesn't need to be applied anymore, at least in it's current form. Winning elections without winning popular vote just doesn't make sense in my mind. I guess I am generally leaning more toward Democracy than Democratic Republic...
Right now the 'battleground' states contain a mix of both urban and rural concerns. This enfranchises a cross section of the American electorate, albeit arbitrarily.If the electoral college were eliminated, there would no longer be any rural 'battleground' areas since winning the densest population centers would be the only key to victory, effectively disenfranchising the interests of huge geographic areas across the country. An artificial cross section of American society is better than giving a voice solely based on population/density.
But that isn't why they are battleground states. They are just battleground states because half the state disagrees with the other half, it's not necessarily urban vs rural, so we are arbitrarily setting our electorate cross section to be roughly half democrat half republican, even though the general population is not. And yes, winning more votes from citizens should be the only key to victory, not winning states based on winner take all electoral college rules. I don't see why population, density, or who your neighbors vote for should affect your voting power.
This is something that the founders were mindful of, which is why we have a Senate. The electoral college performs a somewhat similar function.
I do see the need for this balance in the Senate for legislation and daily representation in D.C., but not for Presidential elections. Voting once every 4 years for the leader of your country should be required of every citizen by law IMO.
Until a better way can be found to mitigate the consequences of tipping this balance, it must necessarily be another can kicked down the road. As political cans go, it's a lot more harmless than the debt.
Yup, one of the many things to add to the list...how sad :(