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"How Beef-Hungry Voters Can Get Tofu for President," by Sharon Begley. The Wall Street Journal, 14March 2003, page B1.

The title refers to examples in the article about how different voting methodsresult in different outcomes in a three-way race where no option or candidateis preferred by the majority. Begley gives outcomes of elections using methodssuch as plurality voting and approval voting for a population asked to chooseamong beef, chicken, and tofu. Donald Saari and Steven Brams, experts on themathematics of voting systems, are quoted in the article. Saari has an articleabout voting, titled "Capturing the 'Will of the People'" in the current issueof Ethics.

--- Mike Breen