# Illinois Section of the MAA

## Abstracts of Talks at the 2000 ISMAA Annual Meeting

Donald
Saari, Northwestern Universit

12:30p.m. Friday March 31, 2000, Smith Hall

It is an election year in the US, the state of Illinois, and the math
department. But do the outcomes really reflect what the voters desire, or do
they reflect the choice of election procedure? The answer, which is obtained by
investigating the mathematical symmetries of the problem, are very troubling for
democracies. In fact, they suggest that (and how) a chair can "manipulate" the
outcome by selecting an "appropriate" election procedure. On the other hand, at
some time each of us also has been guilty of trying to manipulate the election
outcome by voting strategically. It is shown how to use mathematical structure
to identify all possible manipulative structures.

Additional informatation possibly related to this talk may be found on
Prof. Saari's Personal Homepage.

Ben Fitzpatrick,
the Legacy of R.L. Moore Project

ISMAA Annual Banquet, Friday March 31, 2000, White Activities Center

The The
Students of R.L. Moore: Preliminary Report from the
Legacy of R.L.
Moore Project may contain information related to this talk.

March 2, 2000