Scary math tricks with U.S. Presidential Elections

Read This Before You Vote!

by Dan Efran

Editor’s Note: This was written before the bizarre cliffhanger election that led to George W. Bush’s presidency. But even in elections where things go more smoothly, the issues discussed here are still relevant.  This article used to conclude with a nice list of references, but when we updated it in 2011, every single one of the articles referenced had disappeared!

The United States presidential election system is more complex than most people realize, and it has some serious mathematical pitfalls. Be aware of them so that your vote will mean what you think it does. Read more…