The election process has a direct impact on the outcome of any election. Those setting the rules can determine what outcomes are more likely.
In our first-past-the-post, majority-wins system, whoever gets the most votes in a district gets the chair. This gets a little insidious when considering the gerrymandering phenomena: the selective redrawing of districts, and, therefore, the redrawing of who gets elected.
This exercise contradicts the exercise of representative government as outlined in the constitution, “[Congress] should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large.” John Adams 1776
The first-past-the-post system is flawed for this reason. Any candidate who wins 51 percent of a district’s vote ends up representing 100 percent of the voters. In a nation where reelection campaigns are more fruitful than making laws, partisanship continues to be a driving force in America’s election cycle.