A simple democratic vote has. Even describes as two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner. The Electoral College peeves the "tyranny of the majority," one of many built-in Constitutional safeguards in our system of government. Like it or not, the framers never intended for a national popular vote to elect a President. In fact, a careful reading of the Constitution reveals that the States are responsible for deciding how its Electors are chosen; there's no Constitutional barrier to a state passing a law that says the elected governor of that state has the unilateral authority to decide who the Electors will be. It's only in practice that all 50 states use a state-wide popular vote to select a slate of Electors. In fact, very few Western democracies use direct popular election for the head of government; no Westminster system does (Parliamentary majority party's leader simple becomes PM). The head of state for those countries is an unelected monarch. All in all, the US system works pretty darn well.