Original article posted with permission from Save Our States.
Staff – Sept 03, 2020
Critics of the Electoral College Paint a False Narrative for Partisan Purposes.
Today, Save Our States, a non-partisan nonprofit, responded to critics who allege the Electoral College is racist. In a soon to be released documentary, “Safeguard: An Electoral College Story,” the group shows that the Electoral College serves to protect and promote minority voices.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Americans have grappled with race relations. Many communities, especially big cities, have experienced unrest. Some activists and politicians are now arguing that the way we elect our president is a product of racism and hurts black voters.
Prominent civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, who as president of the National Urban League in the 1970s was a vocal defender of the Electoral College, argues this is untrue, “For blacks, abolition of the electoral college would severely limit our political leverage in national elections.”
This issue has come to the forefront as the presidential election approaches and with voters in Colorado about to vote on a “National Popular Vote” (NPV) ballot measure. This effort – openly described as an“end-around” of the Constitution is endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and funded by George Soros. NPV would essentially give away Colorado’s voice in presidential elections, as voters there would be drowned out by those in bigger states like California or New York.
In a compelling new documentary, Save Our States shows the flaws of NPV and the need for the Electoral College. “Safeguard: An Electoral College Story” explains how the American Founders established the Electoral College as part of a system of checks and balances, allowing the people of each state to have a voice in presidential elections. “Safeguard: An Electoral College Story” – will be released nationally and internationally on September 8, 2020. The film will be made available on Amazon Prime (an audience of 120 million viewers), iTunes and other platforms. The film will be submitted to multiple film festivals.
“Attacking the Electoral College as racist makes for a good talking point, but bad history. The constitutional system has helped to moderate our politics, forcing political parties to reach out to new voters. Support for the Electoral College by figures like John F. Kennedy and Vernon Jordan remind us how the system has benefitted minority voters,” writes Trent England, Executive Director of Save Our States.