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Phoebe Chung 2010-10-13 ESL 21A Summary In the article “Weighted Voting Systems” ( A Mathematical View of Our world, 2007 ), Parks, Musser, Trimple and Maurer discuss how in weighted voting systems every person does not necessarily have an equal vote. For example, in the world of business, stockholders get one vote for every stock that they own. Another example is in the election of the President of the United States. The President is not elected by a direct vote, but rather each state has a certain number of votes based on their number of senators and representitives. Since every person or state does not neccessarily have just one vote, it is possible to assign different
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Unformatted text preview: weights to voters to determine a quantitative measure of their power. The names of individual voters are not important so instead we use square brackets and subscripts to symbolize each voter and their weight. A simple majority is when one more than half of the votes will determine the outcome. A supermajority is when two thirds of the votes are required to determine the outcome. In order to determine the outcome of a vote, we need to determine the quota. By adding the quota to the list of weights, we can numerically see all the necessary information....
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