Alexander Hamilton (yes, the one that had a musical written about him) was quite insistent about having the Electoral College. As a matter of fact, Hamilton made it clear that the Founding Fathers decided on an Electoral College system because they didn’t fully trust the majority decisions made by the people (or "the rabble" as he occasionally referred to them.) Back then when there were few, truly educated people, and gathering information and news was a slow process, the Electoral College made sense, though I am still somewhat suspicious of a select, small group of people determining who will be our leader. In our current age, even our farmers are well-informed, so the thought that "the rabble" might choose incorrectly has a smaller chance of occurring THEORETICALLY. I think it's high time much of the system was reworked to reflect current trends in socio-economic factors, news gathering and information dissemination. This is no longer 1776. The most basic concept of Democracy is: 1 person = 1 vote.