The NYTIMES opines today about the Electoral College - arguing it should be scrapped. They advocate that states should just allocate their votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
This would TRANSFORM our federal government into a national government and abrogate a key aspect of the federalism of the US Constitution.
We are the United STATES of America- meaning the STATES are meant to have power in the federal government and the Electoral College is a central to that. The US Senate USED TO BE another key aspect of federalism: Senators were originally elected by state legislatures, not popular vote. We ought to return to that to increase federalist nature of our federal government. But that would require REPEALING the 17th Amendment - and that's tough to do.
There's any EASY way to fix the Electoral College without an Amendment or the difficult Amendment process: all we have to do is EXPAND the Electoral College by 65 votes by expanding the House of representatives by 65 seats.
The House was frozen at 435 seats by statute. We can expand it by statute. The new seats would be allocated by population growth. Most of these seats would go to states whose populations have grown. The Red States. And they would be OPEN SEATS - at least in the first election - that means no incumbent to have a nearly guaranteed re-election.
Most state legislatures are GOP and most states that are growing are GOP, so this would be a good way to strengthen the GOP.