Monday, January 05, 2004

Election Year

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2004, a presidential election year in the U.S. Although I mostly intend to keep to my no-politics ban in this blog (very difficult, for those who know me), I think one area is fair game. The systems we use to choose our representatives and presidents is, in a real sense, a form of social software. Both as an interesting case study in ways for large groups (> 270 million people!) to make decisions, and as an impotant intance in its own right, the mechanisms of the U.S. electoral system deserve constant scrutiny.

I'll begin with the oft-criticized Electoral College, analyzing some common criticisms, some overlooked strengths, and humbly offer some adjustments.