November 7, 2017

The Trouble with Voting

Each election day, we are reminded of how difficult it can be to form a representative government that, well, actually represents the population — from gerrymandered districts and the electoral college to a lack of (every kind of) diversity in our candidates. In this talk we’ll dive deep and question the very core of our electoral process: “each voter picks their favorite candidate, and whoever gets the most votes wins”. But… how else would we want to pick a winner? Our answer to this question will have far reaching implications for the balance of power in our democracy.