More on the electoral college
A bit of food for thought for those of you who are writing in to express criticism of the electoral college: Maryland was the first state in the nation a couple of years ago to pass a law designed to circumvent the system and give the presidency to the national popular vote winner.
Here's how it works: Every state legislature has the right to decide how to approtion its electoral votes. Every state but two (Maine and Nebraska) gives them, winner-take-all, to the candidate with the popular vote edge in that state. Maryland's law says that the state's electoral votes will go to whoever wins the NATIONAL popular vote. But the law only kicks in if and when states constituting a majority of the electoral college pass a similar law. So, theoretically, if a bunch of other true-blue Democratic states or solid-red Republican states decide they're tired of being ignored in the presidential election, they could effectively eliminate the electoral college without bothering with a constitutional amendment.