The electoral college has a couple big name states that candidates look for. Ohio and Florida are most notable because Ohio has predicted the outcome for many elections and Florida essentially chose some of the winners in previous elections. With these states being so influential, the presidential candidates seem to look over smaller states such as South Dakota.
Following President-elect Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election, many of his detractors are calling for the Electoral College to be abolished. The call for it to be abolished is coming from the fact that while Trump did win the electoral vote, Hillary crushed him in the popular vote. Many of her supporters viewed that as a fact that she should have won.
Stanford sociology professor Douglas McAdam says the electoral college, which determined this election, is an outdated system. The electoral college has been around since the birth of our nation. With the means of communication that we had back then, it was a good idea. Nowadays, we have computers and the internet and sharing information is as fast as ever. With these changes in our technology, a popular vote wouldn't be as hard to get as it was a hundred years ago.
Once again, the U.S. is faced with a president-elect who has won the electoral votes but not the popular vote. While Trump did win the electoral vote by 58 votes, Hillary beat him in the popular by a couple million people. That's a couple million voices being told their vote doesn't really count. It seems to be unfair that the popular vote is not used over the electoral.
The Electoral College is an unfair method of choosing the president. The popular vote seems to get stifled in every election, with the electoral coming in to actually dictate who becomes president. The people's vote doesn't seem to count as much as they think it does.