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Electoral College is here to stay

A View From the Edge

There is absolutely no chance of the Electoral College being abolished in my lifetime. Sadly, I have to accept this. The threat to the White majority in most states prevents any local interest in allowing such a Constitutional Amendment being proposed. It doesn’t stand a chance. Why, you ask? It all comes down to race and White desperation to remain in control of the country.

The Electoral College is made up of a proportion of each state’s population resulting in electoral delegates chosen by the party faithful leaders who then vote according to the political percentage outcome for that state. Areas that have been drawn on a map by political parties govern which district has which ethnic population. If you don’t want a non-White person elected, you carefully carve up the ethnic neighborhood to ensure the White population maintains control.

There are only three states where the non-White population is over 50%: New Mexico, Texas and California. There are nine states were the non-White population is getting close to a majority, at least over 40%: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and New York.

Overall, non-White populations represent 28.57% of the U.S. population and, as such, they could represent 28.5% of the D.C. representation (and therefore Electoral College) overall. But seen on a state-by-state racial breakdown basis, the individual state representation should be close to 43% today. But that would mean the voting districts would have to be fair and proportional by race. They are not. Georgia, for example, has four non-White representatives in Congress out of 15, which is 26%. Yet their non-White ethnic ratio is 46.81%. How’s that possible? The state Legislature drew the electoral map to make sure the White majority remains in power.

Numbers do not lie. And I am afraid, when it comes to fair Congressional representation and the distant possibility that the General Election results — and therefore the Electoral College — will fairly represent the ethnic makeup of the USA, the numbers are clear. Congress should be representative with 28.57% of the representatives being non-White. This year? Out of 541 members of Congress, 130 are non-White, just 24% and, on top of that, most of those come from the three states with an ethnic non-White majority whereas those with over 40% non-White populations fare much worse. Until the last-gasp-White-superiority practice of carving up of voting districts is solved, we cannot begin to remedy the Congressional racial makeup nor the Electoral College breakdown, let alone think that we can amend the Constitution to have a vote by majority nationwide.

 

Writer Peter Riva, a former resident of Amenia Union, now resides in New Mexico.

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