Comment 13943

By mr.smartypants (anonymous) | Posted November 12, 2007 at 21:33:07

In the seventh grade, I went to a math Summer camp. The course I took was mathematical modeling. The teacher was very smart. I learned what graph theory, fractals, scheduling, and other things all meant. Then he told us there were different ways to vote. Yes, and they produced different results. In the US, we use the plurality vote, which means if we vote for one candidate, we can't vote for another for the same office. There were ranking systems where you list the candidates in order of preference, too.

The best, I think, was the approval vote, where each candidate gets a thumbs up or a thumbs down. It is harder to count than plurality voting, but the voting is more sincere and less strategic. As an example, think of how about one quarter of Americans chose Bush and another quarter chose Kerry. In an approval vote, a moderate candidate would have counted more votes than either.

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