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Topic: Math and the electoral college's virtue
Replies: 27   Last Post: Mar 30, 2007 6:07 AM

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 Danny Purvis Posts: 176 Registered: 12/6/04
The Powerless Voter
Posted: Nov 28, 2000 10:46 AM

Key to the cited discussion is the following passage:

>These insights came quickly, but it was many years before Natapoff
>devised his formal mathematical proof. His starting point was the
>concept of voting power. In a fair election, he saw, each voterÃÂÃÂs
>power boils down to this: What is the probability that one personÃÂÃÂs
>vote will be able to turn a national election? The higher the
>probability, the more power each voter commands.

I would argue that, by the definition above, each voter has no power.
A difference of one vote in millions is not measureable, and thus the
probability is zero that one vote can swing a national election. As
the present national election demonstrates, a national election which
ends in a statistical tie is settled not by votes but by a chaotic
legal and propaganda war, the type of struggle in which the
unprincipled rascal has a definite advantage. A single vote is
statistically insignificant and thus cannot break a statistical tie.

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11/10/00 Dan Goodman
11/11/00 Marc Fleury
11/12/00 Jim Dars
11/14/00 denis-feldmann
11/14/00 Dan Goodman
11/20/00 Chip Eastham
11/20/00 Herman Rubin
11/20/00 Dan Goodman
11/22/00 Herman Rubin
11/22/00 Dan Goodman
11/12/00 Jon and Mary Frances Miller
11/12/00 Gerry Myerson
11/12/00 Ronald Bruck
11/12/00 Steve Lord
11/13/00 Barry Schwarz
11/13/00 Alan Morgan
11/11/00 David C. Ullrich
11/13/00 Mike Oliver
11/16/00 Robert Harrison
11/17/00 Mike Oliver
11/20/00 Keith Ramsay
11/20/00 Mike Oliver
11/20/00 David C. Ullrich
11/17/00 useless_bum@my-deja.com
11/28/00 Danny Purvis
11/28/00 LOUIS RAYMOND GIELE
3/30/07 Ross Finlayson