THAT’S how it works. Or how they make it work.
The root goal of any democracy … is to attempt as best as possible to determine what the majority of people need and want (through true representatives) — while respecting those with differing opinions. Its numbers represent people.
BUT for some, democracy is a merely a numbers game, divorced from real, actual people. So the goal for THEM is to produce the right numbers, by manipulating WHO votes, nothing to do with WHAT voters might want.
The Right regularly tries to keep folks at home, or, in order NOT to SEE voters’ real intentions, they work quite hard to REDUCE the number of people voting … or allowed to vote. That can mean negating registrations, questioning qualifications … specifically of those they believe will vote against their goals. Gerrymandering also works to create false majorities. So does the outdated Electoral College.
Again, their goal is to GET the highest numbers, not to determine what the majority actually wants. They USE the system to distort and DEFEAT democracy, not enhance or validate it. And THESE are often our faux “patriots” who claim to adore anthems and ceremonies even as they send young people abroad to kill and die to “save democracy.” The democracy THEY work so hard to kill in America.