Tag Archives: Elections

Shaming or nudging?

Hat tip to Michelle N. Meyer at The Faculty Lounge. More here.

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Should we pay people to vote?

According to this recent report by David Zahniser of the L.A. Times, only 23% percent of registered voters ended up casting ballots in last year’s mayoral election. To remedy this raging epidemic of voter apathy, the Los Angeles County Ethics Commission (!) … Continue reading

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Puerto Rican Statehood Bill

Since 1898, Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States.  But two weeks ago (12 Feb. 2014), Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) introduced Senate Bill 2020, the Puerto Rico Status Resolution Act, which would … Continue reading

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A mathematician looks at voting

What is the best way of aggregating the preferences of voters in an election? What weight should be assigned to a voter’s second- or third-choice? Check out Dan Saari’s lecture on voting rules to find out.

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