Abstract / Synopsis
Much work has been done in studying how to aggregate voter opinions to decide a fair election. These models presuppose that each voter has a solid understanding of their choices and can express that opinion in the election process. We discuss why this is not always the case. Further, we explore some of the issues that arise when considering the multidimensional nature of both voter preference, with respect to the slate of issues in an election, and the platforms of the various candidates, with respect to the same slate of issues. In light of the complications we encounter and with full apologies to Jonathan Swift, a modest proposal is made for conducting future elections in a way that offers all of the voters a true chance to find a voice.
Green, K. H. "Aligning Political Options and Aggregated Personal Opinions on the Issues," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 11 Issue 1 (January 2021), pages 369-389. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.202101.19 . Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol11/iss1/19
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