The movement to eliminate the Electoral college does violence to the Constitution and to "original intent".
Kelda Helen Roys makes her arguments in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But she's dead wrong.
Dr. Kevin Gutzman makes the counter-argument here.
Bottom line: The Electoral college exists because the United States is a "federation" and is set up on Federalist principles that is, the States are Supreme and the Federal Government is answerable to the States. Consequently, it is the States picking the Executive. To do otherwise eliminates the last vestige of States Rights and the Tenth Amendment. It is similar to the reasoning behind each state having two senators.
Either we or our children will look back on these days and say, "they got it wrong"...if they are allowed to speak freely at all. You see, no government in history has amassed power and failed to use it against their citizens.
Read Dr. Gutzman's article. I was fortunate enough to hear him speak a few weeks ago.