Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Still More About the Weighted Vote

In researching the weighted vote system, Dorothy Heyl uncovered this article that appeared in The New York Times on September 29, 1991: "One Man, One Vote, One More Attempt." The article is about the Nassau County Board of Supervisors and its use of the Banzhaf Index to achieve one man, one vote. There are interesting parallels to Hudson's use of the index. What's especially interesting are the quotes from John Bazhaf III, who devised the Banzhaf Index when he was a law student at Columbia in the 1960s. In 1991, Banzhaf acknowledged that his method "does not lead to a particularly fair form of government."

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