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Electoral College a legacy of slavery

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The "Making presidential elections fairer" commentary (Nov. 17) omits that the Electoral College is another legacy of slavery.

The compromise of 1787, the counting of slaves as three-fifths of a person in determining the number of representatives in Congress to which a state was entitled (plus two senators), was the same formula used to construct the number of electors each state had in the Electoral College.

Joseph R. Cowen, Baltimore

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