Re: Balancing the Electoral College with zippy.
The electoral system, and all of US politics is pretty fascinating. Europe tends to have a parliament, like your House, with the leader of the party in the House running the country by committee more tile less. We don't really have concentrated power like the potus.
And it could be worse - the uk has a first past the post system, where say 5 candidates fight it out for one seat. Ireland has proportional representation, where fifteen guys fight it out for three seats. After the first count, the guy who is in last place gets knocked out, and his votes are divided up amongst the survivors, and so on until three stooges are eventually elected. Makes for extremely weak government as two parties usually have to band together to form a government. Though there is more oversight in that system due to each party keeping the other in check.