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Ask 13: Is it time to ditch Electoral College?

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"I am wondering why we still have to use the electoral college system when we registered voters vote in a national election," Elizabeth Ann McCall wrote to Ask 13. "Isn't that a very old and archaic institution?"

Donald Trump has been president for more than two years now. But some people still aren't happy about it, thinking the election was unfair.

One viewer complains Trump only won because of the Electoral College and thinks something should be done about it.

"I am wondering why we still have to use the electoral college system when we registered voters vote in a national election," Elizabeth Ann McCall wrote to Ask 13. "Isn't that a very old and archaic institution?"

McCall points out that more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Trump -- almost 3 million more -- but Clinton lost the election because of the Electoral College. McCall doesn't think that's fair and wants to know how she and others can change it.

"First off, we don't have to have it. We can change it," Western Carolina University political science professor Chris Cooper said. "We change electoral rules all the time. We used to have indirect election ascenders. We used to have all sorts of things we don't have any more. I think the reason we got it in the first place, it was to supposed to help rural states get more representation."

Cooper said the Electoral College was also a way to put a check on the people casting ballots. Electors would put the brakes on voters pushing the country too far in one direction or the other.

Cooper said there is actually an effort to get around the Electoral College. The National Popular Vote plan would require electors to elect the candidate that wins the most votes.

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