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A concerned citizen and former mathematician/engineer now retired and living in rural Maine.

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11 Articles, 3 Quick Links, 111 Comments, 6 Diaries, 1 Series, 4 Polls

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014     

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A $2 Bill
(9 comments) One of the curious old habits we cling to is the denominations of our coins. It may not be the most important facet of how we resist change but surely it says something about how we cling to the past.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014     

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A Parliament in Washington?
(11 comments) The twelfth Amendment to our Constitution requires that the Electoral College must choose presidents by a majority vote. While a truly deliberative body might be expected to reach a majority decision, our present-day Electoral College no longer deliberates. This poses interesting implications for a true multiple-party democracy in the U.S.
Series: Balanced Voting

Tuesday, June 17, 2014     

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Instant Runoff or Approval?
(3 comments) Among the voting methods that have been proposed to reform our two-party system are two that stand out - Approval Voting and Instant Runoff Voting. In this series we have proposed improvements to both of these systems and in this article we discuss how it might be possible to choose between them.
Series: Balanced Voting

Tuesday, June 3, 2014     

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Instant Runoff Balanced Voting (IRBV)
(2 comments) As promised in the previous article of this series, IRV is modified so as to be balanced and thereby offer minor party candidates a better opportunity.
Series: Balanced Voting

Monday, June 2, 2014     

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What's Wrong With Instant Runoff Voting?
This is the fourth of a series of articles on the concept of balanced voting. This article introduces IRV as a preamble to the fifth article which will describe a balanced improvement to the traditional IRV.
Series: Balanced Voting

Thursday, May 29, 2014     

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What Might be the Best Voting System?
(9 comments) In this third article of a series we introduce Balanced Approval Voting and argue that it is not only a better system of voting but one that we should seriously consider using.
Series: Balanced Voting

Thursday, May 22, 2014     

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Are More Political Parties Possible Here?
(3 comments) Is there some way for this country to ever have more that two parties in serious competition with each other? This article argues that we need only change the way we vote to get such an improvement in our politics.
Series: Balanced Voting

Thursday, May 22, 2014     

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What's Wrong with First-Choice Voting?
(4 comments) This is the second article in a series on voting. This article takes a critical look at our traditional way of voting.
Series: Balanced Voting

Monday, September 17, 2012     

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Let's Have More Political Parties
(15 comments) Is another electoral system possible? In the U.S. might it be possible to adopt an electoral system that insists on more than two polarized parties? This article suggests that the answer is yes.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012     

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Should Nader have Won the 2000 Election in Florida?
(4 comments) As often as a voter likes one candidate another voter may dislike one of the candidates for an office. So why are voters never asked about their dislikes and what would elections look like if we did?

Friday, January 14, 2011     

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Incendiary Speech
(8 comments) As hesitant as we should all be to restrict our freedom of speech, there are times it has been done in the past. It is argued here that today it is again appropriate to place a further restriction on this important First Amendment right.