Election maths

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The US election circus is in full swing. Personality politics is partly a consequence of the first-past-the-post system — but what are the alternatives? Can any system guarantee to represent the will of the people? Do opinion polls manage to capture its voice? And do populist politicians use rational strategies? The following selection of Plus articles provides mathematical answers, insights and paradoxes.

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