It does not matter who you voted for in the state primaries because your votes may not count. Whoever received the majority of the votes won the state primary — Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald Trump for the Republicans. It sounds simple, but it is not, according to the Republicans.

If there is a contested convention, the delegates from South Carolina have to vote for Trump because he had the majority of votes. But that is only on the first ballot. On a second ballot, they could throw out what the majority of citizens in South Carolina wanted and do whatever they choose.

If that is the case, your vote does not count in this country that is supposed to be a democracy. Six of the Republican delegates from South Carolina have already announced that they will disregard your vote and support another candidate. Who made up this rule? Why, the Republican National Committee of course. It appears they have forgotten that they represent our wishes.

A definition of democracy: Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

This definition does not mention that our votes might be disregarded. It does state that we are entitled to a free electoral system.

This election is more than a way to determine the next president. It is a fight to retain our democracy, which government has been taking away from us. We citizens have the right to have each and every one of our votes count.

A decision for a candidate should not be solely a choice by a political party. Whether it is the Democrats or Republicans, citizens have more rights and, evidently, have to stand up for them and demand that our votes count.

In November 34 U.S. senators and the full House will be up for re-election.

Will our votes count then, or will they be changed by a political committee?

Jan LeTourneau

Winford Court

Moncks Corner