The electoral college is NOT democratic.
It means that relatively small numbers of people can hold back progress. Because of this, it means those seeking for commercial or religious reasons to oppose progress can very cost effectively target these small population areas and make them fear the progress being embraced by what are almost more inevitably more cosmopolitan and populous areas.
The electoral college is a tool of the conservative elite designed to suppress democratic processes.
It's interesting how people are actually using the talking points of the conservatives opposed to abolishing the electoral college. Where more people in a country want A instead of B means A happens is not called democracy, but 'mob mentality majority rule'. Shocking.
Likewise, the lie that 'democracies fail' will come as a surprise to most European countries which operate under a system of proportional representation, and many of whom rank higher than the USA in the index of freedom compiled by the Cato Institute (https://www.cato.org/human-freedom-index-new). If you look at the average personal tex rate in, for example, Norway and the US, it's 38.25% in Norway and 37% in the US. Norway, a country with universal healthcare, comprehensive care for the retired, a poverty rate 1/3 of the US, free higher education, and less than 1/10th the incarceration rate of the US. To be honest, the US could do with 'failing' like that democracy.
Sad news is, if you're against the electoral college, it doesn't matter. Demographic change means some large red states are going to turn blue forever in the next 10 years or so. Even with the electoral college, reactionary conservatives will not be able to stop change.