I have a very good friend who voted for Donald Trump. He lives in a solidly blue state and did so to protest the electoral college, knowing full well that Hillary Clinton would win all of the state’s electoral votes. He did not even like Trump, and admitted after the election that he would have voted for Clinton if he lived in a swing state. I wholeheartedly disagree with his tactics, but I do think it points to a problem with the electoral college: disenfranchisement.
To be clear, I think people should informedly vote in every election they are eligible to cast a ballot in. However, if you’re a Democrat in Texas or a Republican in California, you might not feel terribly motivated to vote in a presidential election. Your vote won’t matter all that much.
The political science degree holder in me wants to interject and explain that that’s not entirely accurate, but for all intents and purposes, it is true: some voters are disenfranchised
There may have been some good reasons (technology!) and some bad reasons (slavery!) for the Founders to design the system this way, but is there any question that it’s totally out of date in 2018?