N.Y. Times Calls for End of Electoral Vote
Cites Impact on Southern Slave States
The newspaper The Hill quotes the Times editorial, and says a popular vote election might have eliminated slavery earlier:
“The Times called the Electoral College a “living symbol of America’s original sin.”
“When slavery was the law of the land, a direct popular vote would have disadvantaged the Southern states, with their large disenfranchised populations,” the Times said.
“Counting those men and women as three-fifths of a white person, as the Constitution originally did, gave the slave states more electoral votes.”
Now, the Electoral College system “tips the scales in favor of smaller states,” the Times editors wrote.
Democrats and liberal-leaning media have another big dog in the fight over the Electoral College. The just concluded U.S. presidential election saw Republican Donald Trump win the electoral vote, while Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by some 3,000,000 votes.