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Host of reasons to scrap Electoral College

John E. Sununu’s defense of the Electoral College (“Even better than the popular vote,” Op-ed, Nov. 5) is another attempt to defend the indefensible. For many reasons, this system should be abolished.

First, the Electoral College is a vestige of slavery, used to give slave states the same disproportionate influence on presidential elections that they had in Congress by counting (non-voting) slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of allocating representatives in the House of Representatives.

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