I'm seeing (yet again) calls to abolish the Electoral College in electing the President of the United States. Others are calling for the electors to change their vote, irrespective of how the residents of their state voted. There's also the 'National Popular Vote Interstate Compact' campaign, which wants each state to allocate its electoral college votes to the winner of the popular vote nationwide, irrespective of the state's own vote tally.
Despite all these objections to the Electoral College, there are valid reasons for its existence. The Founding Fathers didn't just suck the idea out of their thumbs. I was going to write about them myself, but in the course of my research I found an outstanding three-part article at Meridian magazine. The parts are:
They're well written, and well worth reading. If you have family or friends fulminating about the 'discriminatory' or 'undemocratic' Electoral College, they'll give you plenty of ammunition to fight back.