From the Backcover: “At least five U.S. presidental elections have been won by the second most popular candidate, but these results were not inevitable casualties of the American voting system. In fact, such an unfair outcome need never happen again: as William Poundstone shows in Gaming the Vote, the solution is lurking right under our noses.
In all five cases, the vote was upset by a “spoiler”–a minor candidate who took enough votes away from the most popular candidate to tip the election to someone else. The answer to the spoiler problem lies in a system called range voting, already widely used on the Internet. Gaming the Vote shows why range voting has been hailed as the fairest system of all and assesses the obstacles to changing the way Americans vote. The latest of several books by Poundstone on how important scientific ideas have affected the real world, Gaming the Vote is both a wry expose of how the political system really works and a call to action.”
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