Voting Power

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Name: Kadeem

Course: MAT 148

Date: 2/2/2016

Voting Power

Before you begin:

Read the parts of Units 12A and 12B of the textbook that deal with U.S. presidential elections and voting power.

Answer the following questions:

1. Before examining the real U.S. presidential election system, we consider a hypothetical country with only six states. The population of the states and the number of delegates each state sends to Congress are shown in the following table.

State | Population (millions) | Number of delegates/electors | Electors/millions of people | Utopia | 4.5 | 11 | 2.44 | Verity | 10.5 | 19 | 1.81 | Windfall | 3.2 | 9 | 2.81 | Xanadu | 0.5 | 3 | 6 | Yorkshire | 8.0 | 17 | 2.13 | Zodiac | 1.5 | 5 | 3.33 |

Assume that for national elections each state has a number of electors equal to its number of delegates. Does a voter in one state have the same amount of influence (or the same voting power) as a voter in another state? One way to answer this question is to compute the number of electors per person for each state. To make the numbers come out nicely, compute the number of electors for each million people in each state. Place these numbers in the last column of the table.

2. Based on the calculations in (1), do the voters in each state have the same voting power? Which state has the greatest voting power (electors per million people)? What state has the least voting power?

Ans: Voters in each state do not have the same voting power. Xanadu has the greatest voting power per million people and Verity has the least.

3. Overall, do voters in small states appear to have more or less voting power than voters in more populous states? Explain.

Ans: Overall, voters in smaller states appears to have more voting power than in more populous states. This is so because an individual in a small…...

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