Here are a few of my thoughts about the screwed up American Presidential Election system.
The USA Electoral College system makes no sense
I am not sure how many people understand how the electoral college works. It is actually very complicated but I am not going to go into all the details. Here are the key things to keep in mind. Almost (but not states) are winner takes all. For instance, California has the most votes at 55 and is a winner takes all state. So the number of electoral college votes is the same if a candidate gets 50.1% or 99.9%. In a state like California, which will vote Democratic, this has the effect of depressing the vote. Many people feel that their vote will not be needed to push the democratic candidate over the top or to give the republican candidate a chance. So this results in lower turnout and can affect other important elections or state propositions.
It is possible as in the case of Gore versus Bush, that one candidate, Gore, could end up with the majority of the popular vote while another candidate, Bush, could end up with the majority of the Electoral vote. This is nuts.
If there is a tie in the electoral vote, the president is selected by the House of Representatives even if one of the candidates has a clear majority. The House can choose any of the top three candidates without consideration of the popular vote.
The Primaries drive the two parties to the extremes
Very few people vote in the primaries and they are usually those that feel the most passionately about their positions which are usually to the extreme right or left. This is forcing greater and greater division in the USA.
Favorable/Unfavorable polling is too simplistic
Just asking if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of a candidate does not tell you enough. I may dislike one candidate but hate another. I would rather see a scale from 1-10 where 1 is strongly disliked and 10 is strong dislike. In the current election, I think that one would see Clinton in at a 4 overall and Trump at 2.
I would like to change the voting system so instead of voting for someone, you would have the option of voting against someone. The effect of voting against someone would be to remove a vote they already got. It would be possible to end up with a negative number.
There should be a consistent system of voting across the country
Everyone should have the right to vote by mail at least one month in advance. We should have a national holiday on the date the presidential election is held. Polls should be open at least 12 hours.
Presidential Terms should not be concurrent
Presidents should not be able to run for a second term while still in office. They have too much to do running the country and being in office gives them too strong a platform.