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City Has Other Options to Seek on Elections

October 11, 2018

Monday’s article, “Lowell looks at settling voter rights lawsuit,” by reporter Rick Sobey, seems a little anachronistic, in light of Democratic Party calls to abolish the Electoral College and to change the weighting of the U.S. Senate by population rather than by states.

Democrats think the current system is rigged and would blow it up, without thinking through the long-term consequences. New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the Electoral College, “A shadow of slavery’s power on America today.” She wants it abolished. NBC-TV reporter Ken Dilanian tweeted about giving New York State more U.S. Senate representation than North Dakota, thus nullifying the system that binds the nation together.

However, in Lowell our city government seems to be exploring rolling over to a lawsuit that would reduce the voting power of some, with no promise of increasing the number of actual voters. If we go to district voting for the Lowell City Council (and School Committee) active voters in locations with high voter turnout will find their relative vote power reduced to one-fifth that of active voters in other districts -- districts where voter turnout is much lower.

That said, the city needs to work to register all eligible voters and to encourage them to turn out on election day. Early voting would help increase turnout. The city itself must also ensure that polling locations are selected in ways to attract the maximum number of voters.

CLIFF KRIEGER

Lowell

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