Thank you for a really interesting article that presented a lot of things I didn’t know in contradiction to a number of established beliefs routinely taken as givens in discourse about the Electoral College. However, how is the Electoral College “going away”? Wouldn’t the same political and legal obstacles still exist if both parties wanted to reform it (a constitutional amendment is difficult, and the NPVIC still has the legal problem of Interstate Compacts). Are you saying that when large states start flipping there would then be the political will to reform it, either through a constitutional amendment, or through the NPVIC? (This is an actual question asking for your opinion, not a rhetorical one.)
I have an affinity for the NPVIC because I think there are actually some good aspects of the Electoral College that became extremely obvious in this last election, the most important being the check it places against centralized power, and the NPVIC would retain them. Imagine if Trump had had one “central button” he could push to claim a rigged election? It would have been easier for him to manipulate such a “streamlined” system which everybody advocates for than the messy one we have (which is not to say that the last election did indeed expose areas in glaring need of reform).
I don’t think people realize how close we actually came to martial law in this last election (and if you don’t believe that, remember January 6). I explain all of this more fully in The War After the Election [https://medium.com/illumination-curated/the-war-after-the-election-545de96aa4ca?source=friends_link&sk=627c55d616d9296af3e398f1686493a4] which summarizes the findings of the Transition Integrity Project, a group that included former Congressmen, United States Senators, previous cabinet members, White House Chiefs of Staffs, Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security and state governors whose “war games” in June of 2020 predicted almost exactly what happened up to the election and leading up to the Capitol attack. The article also explores ideas regarding how to curb presidential power through very targeted, critical legislation – one area of which involves electoral reform, which is going to need to be taken very seriously after the events surrounding this last election.