Steve Lodle: Even voters don't decide elections


Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.

It is no secret that our country has become increasingly dysfunctional because of a gridlocked government incapable of action.

A divided government is not what the American people voted for. Election outcomes have been usurped by the gerrymandering of our congressional districts.

Our House of Representatives must be “representative” of the views of the American people. However, in the last congressional election, Democratic candidates received 1.4 million more votes, yet Republicans won control of the House by a 234 to 201 margin.

You don't have to look far to see evidence of this. Alachua County is a fairly liberal Democratic area — witness the makeup of the area's elected city and county commissions. And yet Alachua County is represented by a tea party Republican in Congress.

Amazingly, some are now advocating that future Presidential elections distribute Electoral College votes based on congressional districts instead of the winner-take-all system currently used. If that had been in place during the last election, Romney would have won even though he got 5 million fewer votes than Obama.

It is bad enough that big money has so much influence, but realizing that even voters don't decide election outcomes is beyond the pale.

Our Congress does not represent the will of the American people. Power has been stolen by partisan gerrymandering.

To stop this perversion of power and give government back to its citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court should rule that the political party that receives more votes should have more seats in Congress. Future congressional redistricting should be conducted by non-partisan commissions and not by whichever political party controls the state legislature.

Steve Lodle lives in Brooker.

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