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Alexander S. Belenky is the author of the books "Extreme
Outcomes of US Presidential Elections" (2003), "Winning the US Presidency: Rules
of the Game and Playing by the Rules" (2004), and "How America Chooses Its
Presidents" (2007). He is Guest Editor of the forthcoming special issue of
Mathematical and Computer Modelling entitled "Mathematical Modeling of Voting
Systems and Elections: Theory and Applications."
A visiting scholar at the MIT Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals,
Belenky holds a Ph.D. in systems analysis and mathematics and D.Sc. in
applications of mathematical methods. His authored opinion pieces on the
Electoral College have appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Michigan Law Review,
the New York Press, the Metro Daily News, and his co-authored opinion pieces
about voting systems have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the
Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. He was an invited guest on
radio and TV talk shows throughout the country in the course of the 2004
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Should voters care about the rules for electing a U.S. President?
Today, the "rules of the game" in presidential elections are such that the national popular vote doesn't matter in deciding the election outcome, and even a small fraction of the votes cast nationwide can win a candidate the Presidency in the Electoral College. In 1948, 16.072% of voting voters could have elected a President. The nation as a whole doesn't have a say in presidential elections, and only the states do.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Getting Rid of the Electoral College by Keeping It
A new approach to making the nationwide popular vote a decisive factor in deciding the outcomes of U.S. presidential elections. The approach allows all the states to gain more attention in presidential campaigns while preserving all they have under the Electoral College. It encourages the nation to elect a President with a mandate from both the nation and the individual states as equal members of the Union.