The New York Times calls for end of Electoral College

On Monday, the nation's electors cast the votes to make Donald Trump the next president of the United States.

That same day, the editorial board of the New York Times called for an end to the Electoral College.

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The board writes, "By overwhelming majorities, Americans would prefer to elect the president by direct popular vote, not filtered through the antiquated mechanism of the Electoral College."

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It further notes, "...the college, which allocates electors based on each state's representation in Congress, tips the scales in favor of smaller states; a Wyoming resident's vote counts 3.6 times as much as a Californian's. And because almost all states use a winner-take-all system, the election ends up being fought in just a dozen or so 'battleground' states, leaving tens of millions of Americans on the sidelines."

The board reasons, "Conservative opponents of a direct vote say it would give an unfair edge to large, heavily Democratic cities and states. But why should the votes of Americans in California or New York count for less than those in Idaho or Texas? A direct popular vote would treat all Americans equally, no matter where they live — including, by the way, Republicans in San Francisco and Democrats in Corpus Christi, whose votes are currently worthless."

As a remedy, the authors suggest more states agree to the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which allows electors to back the winner of the overall popular vote.

That system has already been approved by the District of Columbia and 11 states.