There are some great videos out there teaching us exactly why, and I'll link to one of the best, and shortest, that I found:
PragerU Electoral College Explained
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Now let me give you my favorite analogy, and it's a BASEBALL one at that. This says that the Presidential election can be compared to the World Series. The World Series is the best 4 out of 7 games, right? Well, if the Election were judged on the popular vote, it would be like the World Series winner being whoever got the most runs in those 7 games.
So let's break down this year's World Series.
First off, congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for pulling off a victory in the World Series after 108 years!
I think they'd be surprised to learn that they did NOT win if the World Series was judged like a popular vote.
Let's break down the 2016 World Series competition.
Seven games were played this year - all seven because there was no clear winner earlier then that.
Here are the games:
Gm 1: CLE (6-0)
Gm 2: CHC (5-1)
Gm 3: CLE (1-0)
Gm 4: CLE (7-2)
Gm 5: CHC (3-2)
Gm 6: CHC (9-3)
Gm 7: CHC (8-7)
Who won the World Series? Well Chicago did - becausee they won Games 2, 5, 6, and 7. Right?
Ok, let's look at the tally of runs in the games.
Cleveland's runs from the games were – 6, 1, 1, 7, 2, 3, 7
Chicago's runs were – 0, 5, 0, 2, 3, 9, 8
Count up those runs...
Yes, they each equal 27. If we were to count the total runs for both teams, then the World Series should have had at LEAST one more game played. We still don't know who the 'real' winner is - IF we were to judge the competition this way.
Let's change some numbers to illustrate further.
Cleveland won two of the games as shut-outs - Chicago got zero runs in those games. One of those games - Game 3 - was 1-0 for Cleveland, but Game 1 was 9-0 for Cleveland. What if Cleveland had scored 9 runs in Game 3? That would have been 9-0, and have given Cleveland a 35-run total as the final tally.
So that would mean - if we were calling the runs 'votes'... Cleveland got 35 'votes' as compared to Chicago's 27 'votes.'
In that scenario, Chicago would NOT have won the World Series if you tallied the runs like a popular vote.
If that had been the case, I would not have wanted to be there when you told the Chicago Cubs fans that the Cubs didn't actually win the World Series.
Please pass this on. We need some better understanding of how and why our Electoral College works for ALL Americans.