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The Southerners wanted more representatives in the House of Representatives, so they wanted slaves to count as people in order to inflate their numbers. The Northerners argued that since slaves had no rights to elect those representatives, they should not be counted (in order to give Northerners more relative representation). This debate was what resulted in the Three-Fifths Compromise, wherein slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person.

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Each state's representation both in Congress and the Electoral College are determined by population. By including slaves (one slave was counted as 3/5 of a person), southern states could have larger representation, even though slaves weren't able to vote or hold office.

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Because the number of representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives is based on its population.

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The Slaves could not represent themselves, and the south still wanted them to have the bonus voting units in the house of representatives.

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This is because then they would have more votes in the House of Representatives.

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