October 31 – November 3, 2019
Program Details 2017*
Does My Vote Really Count? The Mathematics of Voting
Controversy erupted after Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election; namely, he lost the popular vote, but still won the Presidency. This caused many to call for an end to the Electoral College and to create a more fair way to elect the President. But, is using the popular vote any better than the Electoral College? Are there other methods of voting that are more fair than the Electoral College? This presentation will look at different election methods from a mathematical perspective, including the Electoral College, to determine the most “fair” way to elect someone.
Anthony DeLegge, Ph.D, is an associate professor of mathematics at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. His research interests include modeling the spread of disease through a population along with ways to slow or stop the spread and games and probability. His main goal in teaching and otherwise is to get people excited about math by showing them interesting and novel applications, and will gladly talk one’s ear off about them if allowed (!).
*Note: This program was offered last year and may or may not be offered again this year.
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