Thinking Mathematically (6th Edition)

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Chapter 13 - Voting and Apportionment - 13.4 Flaws of Apportionment Methods - Exercise Set 13.4: 17

Answer

No, the democratic ideal of "one person, one vote" can never be achieved.

Work Step by Step

No, the democratic ideal of "one person, one vote" can never be achieved. According to Balinski and Young's Impossibility Theorem, there is no solution to the apportionment problem that follows the quota rule and also does not allow any paradoxes to occur.
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