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Dem Rep Conyers: Electoral College ‘Rooted In Slavery’

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During a forum on the future of the Electoral College on Tuesday, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) stated that the Electoral College is “rooted in slavery.”

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Conyers said, “We also must face up to the cold reality that the Electoral College is rooted in slavery. And here’s how that works out: As Professor Amar explains to us, slave states opposed direct elections for the president, because in a direct election system, the north would outnumber the south, whose many slaves could not vote. But the Electoral College instead let each southern count its slaves, although, with a 2/5s discount, they counted for 3/5s of a person, in computing its share of the overall count.”

(h/t and video via The Right Scoop)

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