Campus Conversation: Counting the Votes the Right Way
Presenter: Christian Hellings, PhD
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Gwynedd Mercy University
In this talk, Dr. Hellings looks at our current election system and how it falls in many ways to accurately reflect voters' preferences. This impacts the likelihood of success for third parties, as well as the "split vote" phenomenon. Dr. Hellings will compare it to a number of alternative methods and talk about how our election system can be improved.
Each fall, GMercyU offers Campus Conversations, a series of lectures, panel discussions, and presentations. This year's theme focuses on the American political process - specifically, issues related to presidential elections and voter behaviors - which aligns with GMercyU's core value of social responsibility and its emphasis on civic engagement. Campus Conversations Lecture Series is hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences.