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*To*: Haiti mailing list <haiti@lists.webster.edu>*Subject*: 9183: Math homework from May of 2000 (fwd)*From*: Bob Corbett <corbetre@webster.edu>*Date*: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 00:17:57 -0500 (CDT)*Sender*: owner-haiti@lists.webster.edu

From: Steven White <polanve@optonline.net> I didn't think I would ever go over the math from last year's elections again, but since bad math is called "fraud" now I looked at it again. There is no mathematical solution to the poorly designed process that took place. Compare the choices: The criteria is 50%+1 of all votes. If each voter can vote twice, then even if every single voter in the department votes for a candidate, there are no winners because each voter also can vote for someone else. This sytem denies a win to a candidate who gets a majority of the votes. Count the total as 200% Effectivly allows a win to someone for whom only 25%+1 of the people voted. Up to seven candidates can be winners and go to a runoff. If a party runs two candidates, the vote is split between the two, thus the system favors small parties with less support who run only one candidate. Use only the top four. This system can award a win to candidates with weak support, when there are many candidates and the vote is spread out. It effectively prevents runoffs because one-quarter of 200% is 50%. The average of all four candidates is necessarily 50% under this method. The leading candidate necessarily has more votes than the average. Because each system favors one group or another, none of them are reflestive of the will of the voters. Hopefully there will be a new system next time. In the meanwhile perhaps instead of asking some Senators to resign, and holding new elections, perhaps the number of Senators can be increased temporarily to allow those shut out by the poorly designed system to participate in designing a better one. Steve White

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