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Voters Of Color Have Less Power In The Electoral College Than White Voters


October 29, 2020

The Electoral College is stacked against nonwhite voters to such a degree that this year, the average white, non-Hispanic voter appears to have almost twice the power to decide the election as the average Asian American voter, according to a data analysis by BuzzFeed News.

The reason, in short, is that white voters are much more likely than other voters to live in swing states — places such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan — where their 2020 ballots have a greater chance of deciding who becomes president.

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BuzzFeed News highlighted a similar effect in 2016. This time around, the political map has shifted, but the effect on voters remains.


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