Has the Electoral College Flunked Out?

Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg, PBS, November 16, 2000.

This week, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg takes an in-depth look at the history and purpose of the electoral college. The controversy surrounding the 2000 election has led many to question the way America elects its president. Some have even proposed scrapping the electoral college and replacing it with a system of direct popular elections. Polls indicate that a majority of Americans might favor such a move. What purpose does the electoral college serve? And what would happen if we got rid of it?