Electoral college is unfair, outdated and covertly racist

Electoral college is unfair, outdated and covertly racist

African-American voters in the United States have never held much sway
in the election of the President. Although they often exert considerable
influence in presidential primaries, their status as a racial minority ensures that,
in the general election, their voices are frequently drowned out by the majority.
In the electoral college, where the President is actually chosen, the preferences
of minority voters count for almost nothing. The overwhelming majority of
states provide that the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in the
state claims all of its electoral votes. Thus, so long as minority voters have
different political preferences than the majority-a fact that is almost selfevident in many parts of the country-their votes will be virtually meaningless
in the final selection of the President. This problem is perhaps most acute in
the South, where the political disparities between African-American and white
I. CHARLES WALLACE COLLINS, WHITHER SOLID SOUTH? A STUDY IN POLITICS AND RACE
RELATIONS 279, 258 (1947).
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voters have historically been most pronounced.2 As one pair of commentators
has recently noted, African-American voters in the South “have had little more
influence on most modem presidential general elections than Bulgarians. Their
votes, although technically cast, have not usually counted.”3

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