Correct me if I am wrong but I was under the impression that the federation of States effectively means that each state is fundamentally a "pseudo autonomous collective". That is to say that at it's fundamental foundation the United nature of the United States is not to be taken for granted. So if you have 52 states all with various population densities you still effectively have only 52 votes, all equal, regardless of the population demographics. The electoral college further complicates things by granting each of those "Union ized" states more than one vote in an attempt to deal with those demographics meaning that the vote per state is no longer equal. But the point I wanted to make is that the Union of states is not to be taken for granted. The United States is just that; a union of autonomous states under a uniting federation. I believe the electoral college attempts to deal with this issue of a union of sovereign states and can not be dismantled that easily or with the presumption that the USA is one nation when in fact it is a union of many.