Linde Institute/SISL Seminar: Shai Vardi, Caltech
Stepwise Presidential Election Reform
Abstract: Proponents and opponents of the Electoral College alike agree that a major problem stemming from the current method of electing the President of the United States is the phenomenon of swing states. Our goal is to find implementable reform that addresses this issue. We do not argue that it is the ``best'' solution - whatever that may mean - focusing instead on finding a solution that will achieve broad (and bipartisan) support and that eliminates, or at least drastically reduces, the effect of swing states. Our main tool for achieving this objective is a game-theoretic treatment of the states.
We design a system that requires no constitutional amendment, keeps the Electoral College, and can be implemented by gradual change - only two states change their law at any one time. The states are treated as strategic agents, and the transitions from the current to the new system are compatible with the incentives of both Republican- and Democratic- leaning states.
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