Speaking in the largely pro-Republican state, Warren also stated that the Electoral College disenfranchises voters in states dominated by one party -- referring to states like Mississippi.
"Come a general election, presidential candidates don't come to places like Mississippi, they also don't come to places like California or Massachusetts, because we're not the battleground states," Warren said.
The issue has gained national attention since the 2016 presidential election, in which Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton lost to President Donald Trump. Clinton won by nearly 3 million votes but lost because Trump carried key swing states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio -- states that award a large number of electoral votes.
Opponents of the Electoral College argue that the voting system is archaic, failing to represent everyone's vote equally. Proponents, however, see the Electoral College as a integral part of our foundation that best represents the body of the union.
In truth, dissolving the Electoral College for a national popular vote would be a bad idea. Not only would it be anti-democratic, it would transfer much of the power to larger states, allowing them to determine the outcome of every election. Under an NPV voting system, states like California and New York would have much more influence over an election because their populations are so much larger. To date, California's population sits at nearly 40 million. Compare that to states like Wyoming (577,737) and Vermont (626,299) and you see why a plurality would be detrimental to our elections.
In reality, determining an election by popular vote would truly disenfranchise voters from smaller like states like Rhode Island and Delaware, whose votes would not matter.
Fearing the tyranny of a majority, the framers created the Electoral College to promote coalition building and allow big and small states equal stake in the election process. By replacing this system, states will be robbed of their sovereignty, decentralizing the control over the election.
While no voting system is perfect, the Electoral College is as good as it gets. The system allows larger states to still impact the election without completely shunning smaller states that deserve a voice. The Electoral College has been in place for 215 years, and continues to be the fairest way to decide elections.
Removing it would remove our identity as a nation, and allow "blue states" to decide elections for years to come.