Rep. Cohen on the Electoral College: ‘Conceived in Sin,’ Meant to Perpetuate Slavery

‘When the Constitution was drafted, a lot of it had to do with slavery’


COHEN: “The slave states wanted equal representation in the Senate because they wanted to keep slavery. The slave states wanted to have an Electoral College where members that they have in Congress counted towards the vote of president, where the slaves counted as two-thirds; in the popular vote they would count as zero. So the slave states didn’t want a popular election because the slaves wouldn't count as voting, and the slave states would have less votes. This has all conceived in sin and perpetuating slavery on the American people and on the African-American people, directly.”

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