Given that the U.S. may be facing the prospect of another close election and (God forbid!) a close election with a Bush v Gore type result, I think that a strong argument can be made to amend the U.S. Constitution and replace the Electoral College with a result determined by the vote of the a plurality or majority of American voters. (I actually think that there should be more than two candidates with the President being selected in a run off if no candidate receives over 50%. But I am sure that there are other schemes. There are several major problems that I see with the electoral college. First, the Electoral College mimics the two chamber legislature where there was population-based representation in the House and equal representation in the Senate (so "small" states and big states were equivalent in one chamber). The structure of the electoral college preserves that. Over time, the electors have ceased to be "independent." A slate of electors is chosen through the popular vote for candidates in a state. It was precisely problems with the vote in Florida that ultimately threw this case into the Supreme Court and resulted in Bush v Gore where the person who won the popular vote wsa not elected President. In fact, it is arguably unfair because the votes of individual Americans were not equally valuable. The voters in small states - because of their over representation in the Electoral College - had votes that "counted for more" than voters in larger states (because the ratio of electors to voters was much greater in small states (population wise) than in large states. Though this might have made sense in 1789, it no longer makes sense in my mind. And it creates the possibility of hazards like Bush v Gore and Presidential decisions made by politicians in Congress or unelected judges in the Supreme Court. Now, I expect that some folks will argue that the Electoral College is a bulwark against popular democracy and the "tyranny of the mob." I think that this argument is patently silly. But I expect that the same folks that want to repeal the 17th Amendment would want to keep the Electoral College. Not me. That is one amendment to the Constitution that I think is long overdue. Hopefully, it will be gone by 2016.