Why not simply use a popular vote approach, without using the Electoral College?

A popular vote approach would require a Constitutional amendment. If the Constitution were amended to allow a popular vote, it would fail to give representation to rural areas of the country that are less densely populated. For example, half the population resides in nine states. Another third lives in 16 states. That means that only 1/6th of the population lives in 25 states! Rural America would be largely ignored during campaigns and would not be equally represented.

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