Voting System

Before this unit in our class, I assumed voting was just based off of the person who had the most votes collectively. What I did not know is how much math is involved in voting and all the calculations that go into it.

As of right now we have learned about four different voting methods and how each of those have their strengths and weaknesses. First you have the preference schedule, which is the voters preference in the election. With that schedule you can do any of the four methods including plurality, borda count, copeland, and instant runoff. As of right now my favorite method to use is borda count because I feel like it has the most fair system of choosing with the preference schedule.

The way we were doing preference schedules are different in comparison to this articles way of doing them. This article uses more or less signs when distinguishing which candidate they prefer over the other.

 

Ours:                                                              

Number of Votes
13 11 10
A B C
B C A
C A B

 

Their’s

What is also interesting and mind boggling is the fact that you can’t vote on a voting method, because what method would you use to calculate the vote? So really when it comes to voting someone is always going to be unhappy and there is really now way to create a perfect solution!

Article: http://chalkdustmagazine.com/features/mathematical-view-voting-systems/

 

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