Americans favor repealing the electoral college by two to one, but we have been unable to get rid of it. Small states think the electoral college helps them maintain influence, and small states can stop a Constitutional amendment in the Senate.
Now a new plan to neuter the college has been announced. The plan can be put in play without Senate approval because it does not amend the Constitution. Instead a group of states can give new instructions to their own delegates to the electoral college. The new instructions would say: “It matters not who carried our state—you must vote for the candidate who got the most votes nationwide.”
No state would do this on its own, so the idea is to form a multi-state compact. As soon as a majority of the country approves, all the participating states are bound by the deal.