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  • the Vote: Why Elections Aren't Fair (and What We Can Do About It)

    Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair (and What We Can Do About It)


    Sanders: ‘I am running for president’
    Our Electoral System is Fundamentally Flawed, But There’s a Simple and Fair SolutionAt least five U.S. presidential elections have been won by the second most popular candidate. The reason was a “spoiler”—a minor candidate who takes enough votes away from the most popular candidate to tip the election to someone else. The spoiler effect is more than a glitch. It is a consequence of one of the most surprising intellectual discoveries of the twentieth century: the “impossibility theorem” of Nob…