Math and Voting

No politics here, just mathematics: One of the surprising aspects of voting that we learn from mathematics is that the outcome of an election may more accurately reflect the voting method rather than the voters' wishes. To illustrate this phenomenon, we provide you with the opportunity to vote from among an arbitrary set of presidential candidates from the two major parties (who were in the race when our balloting began) using three different methods. Method 1 is the traditional voting system, in which you simply select a candidate. Just one candidate, no more. In method 2, you vote for all of the candidates you would consider acceptable, as many or as few as you wish. In method 3, you rank the candidates from most preferred to least, and points are assigned accordingly (utilizing the Borda count).

After you vote, you will see the status of this "election" up through and including your vote. If the "winner" is different using one or more methods, don't be surprised. Instead, take a look at the theme essays.

Thank you for participating.

Method #1:

Please select your top candidate.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann
 
Herman Cain
Herman Cain
 
Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
 
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
 
Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
 
Ron Paul
Ron Paul
 
Rick Perry
Rick Perry
 
Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
 
Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum
 
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
 
Method #2:

Please select all candidates that you believe would be acceptable as president.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann
 
Herman Cain
Herman Cain
 
Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
 
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
 
Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
 
Ron Paul
Ron Paul
 
Rick Perry
Rick Perry
 
Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
 
Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum
 
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
 
Method #3

Please rank the candidates from 1 to 10, with 1 being the most desirable, and 10 being the least desirable.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann
 
Herman Cain
Herman Cain
 
Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
 
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Jon Huntsman, Jr.
 
Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
 
Ron Paul
Ron Paul
 
Rick Perry
Rick Perry
 
Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
 
Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum
 
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
 

   


Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.
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