The following video is a good explanation of one of the U.S. system’s most misunderstood features – the electoral college. A big advantage of this electoral system is that every state becomes important for winning a presidential election. It compels presidential candidates to pay attention to smaller states.
The system was the brainchild of James Madison. He devised it mainly to satisfy the smaller states, but also to address the concern at the time that masses were gullible.
[Video courtesy TedEd and Christina Greer. Watch on YouTube]