Without the popular vote we could not amplify the majorities that would not get a say in a the popular vote. The electoral college runs the elections through the states. This is great because every state has a say in who they would vote for as a whole. Any power that the states can get is valuable. In the end the government is ran when all the states come together so it would just make sense to have each state cast the majority vote.
With the current push to abolish the electoral college by people that were unhappy with the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. I think it's a good idea to keep it. This is because people in different parts of the country have different lifestyles. This can very well dictate if you are republican or democrat. So we cant just have all of california and new york making the presidential decision.
The electoral college is the only way to the presidency. The popular vote does not mean anything. Most of the time the winner of the election has also won the popular vote. However, this is not always true. The electoral votes is what matter not popular votes.
The electoral college is voted by states. This is the same way the senate is elected. It is how the house is elected. Hundreds of years ago this is how the constitution was ratified. America is ran by a federal system. This means that the central governments and state government share the power.
If you look at this map on the header of this video you will see that it is mostly red. The blue is from coastal areas and large population areas. Even though their is more population at these areas it should not directly represent the outcome of the president. The states do have an electoral points system that is ran off of population. But not as a severe system as direct popular vote. This gives some power back to the states which is important.