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Drake lecture to explore the mathematics of voting

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Alexander Kleiner

MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Drake University professor Alexander Kleiner will present “One Person-One Vote: Two Mathematical Interpretations” on Friday, Nov. 21, as part of Drake’s Science Colloquium Series.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at noon in room 101 of Meredith Hall, 2805 University Ave.

Kleiner, the Thomas F. Sheehan professor of mathematics and computer science, will discuss two different ways the fundamental democratic
principle of “one person-one vote” has been implemented over more than 200 years.

“The discussion will give a few highlights of this history and explain the current method for the apportionment of the House of Representatives that has been used for many decades,” Kleiner said. “In spite of this longstanding tradition, both state and federal courts have ruled that in other settings, such as municipal governing boards, the principle of ‘one person-one vote’ means equal populations should have equal power.”

Kleiner also will talk about methods to measure power in such
situations and how the methods can be applied in real-life situations.

For more information, contact Maria Bohorquez, director of the Drake
Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute, at 515-271-2595 or