The system was put in place to give the smaller states a larger voice than they would have under a direct democracy.

In the last few months, legislators have been bombarded with emails from citizens all over the state wishing to change the Electoral College into a national popular vote system. Many people have written to me explaining that the system is antiquated and broken. One of the frustrations commonly expressed to me is that "Oregon doesn't matter in presidential elections." They attribute the Electoral College as the cause of being ignored and want to change our system to a national popular vote. Sen. Kim Thatcher

In some ways a national popular vote sounds attractive and I understand its appeal to certain democratic ideals. However, I think there may be a few things that the proponents of a national popular vote may not have considered about the utility of the Electoral College.

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