Black People Politics : Don’t Forget About the Electoral College

Clyde C Coger Jr

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THE BATTLE FOR THE CONSTITUTION
The Electoral College’s Racist Origins
More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that

(The point was obvious to anyone paying attention: As William F. Buckley argued in his essay “Why the South Must Prevail,” white Americans are “entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally,” anywhere they are outnumbered because they are part of “the advanced race.”) But America’s institutions boosted white political power in less obvious ways, too, and the nation’s oldest structural racial entitlement program is one of its most consequential: the Electoral College.


Wilfred Codrington III
Fellow at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Counting of Electoral College votes at a joint session of Congress
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The founders allowed for "faithless electors" in order to prevent what we now have, a would-be dictator :facepalm:



U.S. Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute

...an election.
The Supreme Court will take up appeals in two cases - from Washington state and Colorado - involving electors who decided to vote in the Electoral College process for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 even though she won the popular vote in their states.


By Andrew Chung
Reuters



 

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