Thanks to the miracles of modern technology, we no longer need a huge percentage of our population to live in the countryside engaged in agriculture and resource extraction. Given than the major industries of the past couple of centuries have essentially depended on people living in cities, this has generally been a natural and desirable outcome.
The same is true of those living in the countryside, only their voices are presently greatly amplified when it comes to Presidential politics.
Indeed, but unlike geographical clusters of people - cities, farmland, range land, oilfields, ore deposits, fisheries inland and coastal, whatnot - that come about for principally economic reasons, the arrangement of states is, well, political.
Given a choice in the matter, one suspects that Kansas City MO and Kansas City KS would choose to be a single city as opposed to being bifurcated by that state line. The same could perhaps be said of the two Texarkanas.
Connecticut is no doubt a fine place with its own identity and history, but the DFW metro is the same size with more people … yet it’s not granted its own set of Senators and Representatives. Houston metro similarly stomps Rhode Island … especially the urban area with more than triple the population density over 35% more area.
Congressional districts may well be subject to the cynical machinations of political machines but at least they change and have some sense of proportion. Neither can be said about state boundaries, which are for the most part negotiated once then set in stone.
Ideally the former, however the latter is at least better than how it’s presently done.
In fiction, utopia is always distant and/or isolated from the present non-utopia with little to no contact between them because that’s the only way to make it plausible.
In that vein, I would not suggest that making changes to the Electoral College - or eliminating it - would suddenly make children respectful to their parents nor make the trains run on time, merely that it would be an improvement over the status quo.