This week I listened to an Elector from Texas who says he will not vote for Trump. He wrote an op-ed piece to encourage other Electors to deny the will of their state's voters and instead vote their own opinion, as to what makes a good President. This Elector favored John Kasich. Kasich has said he doesn't want this kind of vote. It is clearly intended to destroy the system we have in place as the most it would do is send it to the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans. It is hard to see any situation where they would not give it to Trump. But what it does is keep the chaos going.
There is a lot of argument against the Electoral College since it now has twice in recent years given the Presidency to someone who did not win the popular vote. In the case of Bush though, he got it with a very slim Electoral College vote and Gore did not challenge it. Clinton is. Many now want to go to a system where it's purely who wins the most votes. They see this as fairest.
The Electoral College encourages candidates to campaign in all the states and in small communities. It gives diverse ideas and ways of thinking weight in determining who should lead. States could divide their Electoral votes which is an option that only two have taken. I think most states like the power of the block vote to give them more seeming weight for their issues-- like California with its 55.
If in the future, it goes to a simple majority, someone like Trump, who campaigned all around the country, would then limit his campaigning to the big population centers. I don't see that as a good thing. What a big city wants may not be good for rural America. The majority of voters
does not mean it's the right thing which is why the Supreme Court has
sometimes overruled the will of the majority, as with Civil Rights.
In nine days we will see whether there are enough frightened, rogue or faithless Electors to stop the election in its tracks. If this happens, I could see more states mandating by law that Electors vote the will of their state. Or some could opt to divide their Electors; so a state like Wisconsin, which is narrowly won, will more accurately reflect the voters. I kind of liked it when the talk election night was of the states as reflective of this being the united states. That's something we don't think often about.