Dear Editor,

Most Americans believe in majority rule. We spend very extensive amounts of time and energy to make sure that the votes are properly counted. We spend much less time on determining whether these votes are representative of democracy.

One flaw in our system is the electoral-college system of electing the president. A few presidents have been elected with less than half of the total votes. But that pales in the face of vote rigging to create a majority in the United States House of Representatives and state houses.

If 55 percent of the voters in Michigan vote for a Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives, only five of 14 congressmen will be Democrats. That is while the 45 percent who vote Republican will elect nine congressmen. 55 percent of the votes results in 36 percent representation. That is not majority rule. Democrats have the opportunity to do the same thing if and when they get control of the process.

This odd, but legal, vote rigging could not have been anticipated by our founding fathers. They did not have computers. Computers greatly enhance the gerrymandering process.

Issues like health care, income inequality, minimum wage, and entitlements issues should be decided by the majority, not by the party that does the best job of rigging the votes. Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.

It’s time to implement the true intentions of our founding fathers. Michigan voters have the opportunity to vote against gerrymandering on Nov. 6 by voting yes on Proposal 2. A yes vote on Proposal 2 is a vote for democracy.

 

Dr. Paul A. Haupt

Menominee