Thinking Mathematically (6th Edition)

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ISBN 13: 978-0-32186-732-2

Chapter 13 - Voting and Apportionment - 13.1 Voting Methods - Exercise Set 13.1: 10

Answer

Professor Ford has the highest number of first-place votes, so Professor Ford is declared the new president using the plurality method.

Work Step by Step

Using the plurality method, the candidate who has the most first-place votes is declared the winner of the election. We can find the number of first-place votes for each professor. The number of first-place votes for Professor Gates is 22 + 2 which is 24 votes. The number of first-place votes for Professor Disney is 10 votes. The number of first-place votes for Professor Ford is 30 votes. The number of first-place votes for Professor Sarnoff is 18 votes. Professor Ford has the highest number of first-place votes, so Professor Ford is declared the new president using the plurality method.
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