MATHEMATICS and DEMOCRACY
- We argue that "range voting" is the best single-winner voting method among all commonly proposed alternatives. One argument is the "Bayesian Regret" yardstick - our measurements and calculations indicate that if range voting were adopted instead of the currently most-used system, "plurality voting," humanity's lot would improve by an amount comparable to or exceeding the improvement achieved by switching from undemocratic forms of government to democracy. Estimates in http://rangevoting.org/LivesSaved.html suggest every day sooner we get range voting is expected to save 5000 lives.
- We argue (by analysing an explicit political strategy to get it) range voting is, in fact, an obtainable dream.
- Range voting has been used in hundreds of trillions of elections over the last 20 million years. (Yes, I am aware fewer than 20 billion humans ever lived. Hint: these elections do not involve humans.)
- We shall also discuss some other mathematical ideas for improving democracy such as the "shortest splitline" gerrymandering-abolition plan, and a plan by Ronald Rivest (as repaired by me) for low-tech fraud-proof secret ballot voting.
MIT math & physics double BS 1984;
Princeton Applied Math PhD 1988;
has worked at Bell Labs, NEC, Temple University;
founded Center for Range Voting in 2005.