Candidate A Gets 11 Votes; Candidate B Gets 70 Million Votes; The Winner: Candidate A!


The Electoral College and Its Failings

There are a number of other problems with the Electoral College and one or two dubious points in its favor. Arrow's Theorem, a result in mathematical decision theory, shows that every electoral system has flaws and anomalies, but those of the Electoral College are, in my opinion, too egregious and too frequently occurring to countenance for much longer.

John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia, is the author of several best-selling books, including "Innumeracy," "A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper" and "A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market." He's on Twitter and his "Who's Counting?" column on appears occasionally here.

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