Time Crunch — If You Don't Have Time To Read This Entire Book
Up Front — Overview
Chapters 1 through 4 describe the flow of money from campaign contributors to politicians, and explain how the Electoral College works, how European countries do their voting, and other important basic concepts about voting, elections, news coverage, and campaign contributions.
Chapter 1 — The Slime: Following The Political Money Trail
Chapter 2 — Good Buy: What Does the Money Buy?
Chapter 3 — History Made Fun: Why Do We Vote This Way?
Chapter 4 — Global Grope: How Do Other Democracies Vote?
Chapters 5 through 10 explain why the voting methods used in the United States — especially plurality voting, runoff voting, and Presidential majority voting — are so easily influenced by campaign contributions, and why most other voting methods are not acceptable. They also explain why there are only two main political parties in the United States, and why the proportion of Republicans and Democrats in Congress does not reflect the actual preference voters have for these two parties.
Chapter 5 — Ignorance Is Amiss: Why Plurality Voting Makes Results Easy To Manipulate
Chapter 6 — False Majority: Why Runoff Voting Is Unfair
Chapter 7 — Wayward Attempts: Alternate Voting Methods That Didn't Fly
Chapter 8 — Hidden Dilemma: Why Do We Have Only Two Political Parties?
Chapter 9 — Imbalanced Tyranny: Why Party-Balancing Games Yield Imbalanced Results
Chapter 10 — Presidential Smokescreen: Solving The Electoral-College Riddle
Chapters 11 through 23 describe fairer voting methods that should be used to elect Presidents, Congressmen, Governors, and other kinds of elected officials. Order-of-preference ballots (explained in Chapter 11), VoteFair popularity ranking (explained in Chapter 12), and VoteFair representation ranking (explained in Chapter 15) provide the foundation for the improved fairness.
Chapter 11 — Get Real: Letting Voters Indicate Their Second Choice, Third Choice, And So On
Chapter 12 — Finally Fair: VoteFair Ranking Reveals True Popularity
Chapter 13 — Simple Votin': Fair Elections In Simple Situations
Chapter 14 — Nobody Here: Decision-Making, And Ranking Choices That Aren't Candidates
Chapter 15 — Double Dilemma: Filling A Second Equivalent Seat Representatively
Chapter 16 — It's Party Time!: Voting For Parties And Keeping Ballots Short
Chapter 17 — What's Up Gov?: Electing Governors, Mayors, And Other Single-Seat Party-Based Officials
Chapter 18 — Top Run: Fixing The Broken Presidential Race
Chapter 19 — Balancing Act: Electing U.S. Senators In A Fair And Balanced Way
Chapter 20 — Breaking Up: Going Beyond District Boundaries To Fairly Elect Representatives
Chapter 21 — Bored Org: Board-of-Director Elections The Right Way
Chapter 22 — Action!: Putting Words Into Action
Chapter 23 — Crystal Ball: What's Ahead?
About The Author
Appendix A: Rhymin' Time: Abe And Thomas For President (A Poem)
Appendix B: Hungry Brain: Where To Get Additional Information
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