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Making Democracy Count: Math’s Influential Role in Voting and Representation

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Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
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(Princeton University Press)

Are you feeling like it’s impossible to repair our ailing democracy and the mechanisms that power it? Find out how math holds the key to creating an infrastructure that benefits everyone.

Presenting mathematical thinking as an objective, nonpartisan framework, math professor Ismar Volić examines why the current voting system stifles political diversity, the size of the House of Representatives contributes to its paralysis, gerrymandering is a sinister instrument that entrenches partisanship and disenfranchisement, and the Electoral College must be rethought—and what can work better and why. Volić also taps into the legal and constitutional practicalities involved in representative government while proposing a road map for repairing our democracy in a just, equitable, and inclusive way.

Making Democracy Count: How Mathematics Improves Voting, Electoral Maps, and Representation (Princeton University Press), the new book by Volić, who is the director of the Institute for Mathematics and Democracy at Wellesley College, is available for purchase.

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