Wizzard Turbish is right that a growing majority of people want to disregard the electoral collegiate. I am not sure If I personally agree with it though. The system currently, though it is not perfect, does provide a great balance between the states.
I didn't want to post this in the Obama thread, as it goes off topic, but the electoral college doesn't really put a balance between the states. Because of how the votes are distributed, some states have more than they should, while some have less. Since I live in New York, my vote actually counts for less than someone from, say, Wyoming, thus it actually imbalances the states.
Yes, Liberals in America are generally considered progressive (not always but usually), but in general liberal is defined as someone who supports
(a) Government intervention in economic issues and
(b) Freedom in non-economic issues (with a few exceptions, like gun control)
I figured asmuch, don't like an infraction either.
Thing is Liberals are right wingers in most countries, only exception I know off is the USA. A true liberal likes a small government and freedom, not only on fiscal policies, but they also support things as euthanisia, abortion right same sex marriage etc. However in Australia the example I gave earlier, the "liberal" party is an equevelant of the GOP in the USA. So the best way to describe the opposite to Conservatism, would be progesism