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Attended college thanks to the generous state support of education in 1960's America. Earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Illinois followed by post doctoral research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Taught for several years at Lehigh University prior to a short stint at Bell Laboratories but followed by a much longer career at NEC punctuated by ten U.S. and international patents in the general area to semiconductor applications.
Now living in a comfortable Maine retirement community and focused on the prospect of upgrading democracy by means of an improved voting system.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 3, 2023 How Did Trump Ever Win?
Trump owes his nomination in 2016 to plurality voting.
This is not news to anyone who has followed this series of articles, but it is a message that is worth repeating. The real purpose of this article is to gather into one short article the important reasons for favoring balanced approval voting. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 29, 2023 Why Bother to Meter Electric Power?
Who profits from charging end customers for electric power usage? It is the producers of power who produce that electric power by burning fossil fuels. So why peruse policies that perpetuate this approach? Series: Electricity Delivery Charges (4 Articles, 6030 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 8, 2023 Condorcet and the Spoiler Effect
This article follows up on a misstatement in the previous article and explores some implications. In particular, it makes some comparisons between several different voting systems and approches to comparing their merits. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views), Ranked Voting (29 Articles, 36016 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 4, 2023 Balanced Condorcet Voting
Can Condorcet voting be balanced? There is a way, but it seems confusing and probably not worth applying in real elections.
But observations about ranked voting and about Condorcet voting are also found in the article Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views), Ranked Voting (29 Articles, 36016 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 25, 2023 Coping with Big Wealth
Trying to tax away concentrations of great wealth is politically difficult and historically it does not seem to work. Here, we suggest a possible alternative.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 17, 2023 Star Voting on Fabric
Star voting has attracted some attention recently. A short video on the subject led me to think about this system and this article sketches a few thoughts about it. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(33 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 16, 2023 Escaping Duopoly
Republicans are Red
Democrats are Blue
Must we be stuck
With only those two?
Can we escape the two-party duopoly? Probably we can, but indications are that neither IRV nor approval voting is the right path. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views), Ranked Voting (29 Articles, 36016 views)
SHARE Sunday, January 15, 2023 Suicide is an Indicator of What?
Why do we no longer hear about the high rate of suicide in Sweden? That used to demonstrate how inferior socialism must be to capitalism. But what does it say now?
(25 comments) SHARE Monday, January 9, 2023 Star-like Voting
These are just some thoughts about Condorcet voting, particularly in connection to balanced approval voting. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 14, 2022 Balanced Approval Limitations
In recent articles we have tried to show BAV to improve on approval voting, probably the best of the widely promoted alternative voting systems. In this article we ask, but not entirely answer, whether we might improve on BAV. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 21, 2022 Reflections on Voters
Most considerations of voting systems focus, understandably, on voting systems. Here we take a different perspective on the topic and ask what the voting system says about voters. Series: Ranked Voting (29 Articles, 36016 views), Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 24, 2022 Words Perpetuating the Two-Party System
Something that we lose when there are more than two candidates in an election is a way to express opposition to one of the candidates. This important aspect of how voters feel is given no means of expression, either with ranked-choice voting or with approval voting. That is a serious flaw in these voting systems. Series: Ranked Voting (29 Articles, 36016 views), Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 1, 2022 Obstruction of Voter Expression
At its root, the spoiler effect is caused by choosing a voting system that overly obstructs voters from adequately expressing their preferences.
This problem is well known in the case of plurality voting but it also is a concern for ranked-choice voting (IRV) and for Approval Voting. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views), Ranked Voting (29 Articles, 36016 views)
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 17, 2022 The Distraction of Score Voting
In discussing Balanced Approval Voting, there may not be need to discuss the paradigm of Score Voting at all. Nonetheless, it is a topic that people keep raising.
This article explains that connection and lays out a common error in the common understanding of score voting. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 25, 2022 Could a Stealth Candidate Endanger a Balanced Approval Election?
Any voting system is likely to come under attack by people or organizations seeking a favorable outcome from their own perspective. This article discusses how this might happen to Balanced Approval Voting and efforts that might be considered to make this kind of attack unsuccessful. Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)
(25 comments) SHARE Friday, August 5, 2022 Does Balance Suffice?
A Balanced Evaluative system will end the two-party duopoly. But might balance alone be sufficient? Or maybe just being evaluative? Series: Balanced Voting (87 Articles, 108367 views)