Do Our Votes Count?

“Hillary Clinton has widened her lead in the popular vote to 1.5 percentage points, a spread not seen for a losing candidate since the disputed election of 1876.” (New York Times)
Trump won the electoral vote; Hillary won the popular vote.
My biggest problem:  A handful of States decide an election.  In this case those of us who don’t live in States that “matter” when it comes to electoral votes don’t really have an impact on the outcome.
The Electoral College was developed to keep candidates from conning the people into voting for them, thereby taking charge.  We see how well that worked this time.
Okay, enough ranting.
Question (by no means a new one)
Does the Electoral College still have a legitimate place in US elections?
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