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"May the Best Man Lose," by Dana Mackenzie. Discover, November 2000,pages 85-91.

Is the US system of choosing presidential candidates and electing a presidentthe fairest system? Mathematicians who have studied voting schemes say it'snot. This article discusses some alternative voting schemes, such as approvalvoting or the Borda count, that insure that more voters are satisfied with anelection's outcome than is the case with our with our current scheme. Thetheories are illustrated by examinations of actual elections.

--- Allyn Jackson