Recently, I've heard from one of my professors that my vote truly doesn't matter and it's up to the electoral college to choose a president in say, 2016. When Bush was elected president, I've heard that the popular vote was for the other runner-up candidate but the electoral college chose Bush. Is voting simply pushed as an illusion of a free Democratic Republic? Or is the electoral college simply a corrupt system where the general population's vote doesn't mean anything? Or do companies pay the electoral college **** tons of money to choose a particular candidate that benefits their business? Genuinely curious.