For Immediate Release
December 14, 2020
Just Democracy Calls to Abolish the Electoral College as Electors Gather to Vote
Broken Electoral College System Marginalizes Black and Brown Voices, Fractures Our Democracy
WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, ahead of the meeting where electors will vote to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, Just Democracy coalition member and University Colorado Springs Professor, Reverend Stephany Spaulding, released the following statement:
“President-elect Biden won the presidency by more than 7 million votes, and while he also won the Electoral College, this election laid bare the fact that this archaic, outdated system should be eliminated. The Electoral College is a fundamentally racist and unfair structure, one that systematically undercounts Black and Brown votes and violates the principle of one person, one vote. Twice in the last five presidential elections, the candidate who won the Electoral College was not the candidate who the American people voted for.
The Electoral College only serves to protect the white supremacist systems that have persisted over the years. When the Electoral College was created, it counted Black Americans as three-fifths of a person. More than 200 years later, this white supremacist institution continues to be a stain on American democracy. Black and Brown voters deserve an equal voice in our democracy, and if we are going to balance the scales and reflect the will of the people, we must abolish the Electoral College to ensure the centers of power in America actually look like America.
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