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Dancing with Donald Polarity in the 2016 Presidential Election

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Abstract: In almost every election cycle, the validity of the United States ElectoralCollege is brought into question. The 2016 Presidential Election again broughtup the issue of a candidate winning the popular vote but not winning theElectoral College, with Hillary Clinton receiving close to three million morevotes than Donald Trump. However, did the popular vote actually determine themost liked candidate in the election? In this paper, we demonstrate thatdifferent voting policies can alter which candidate is elected. Additionally,we explore the trade-offs between each of these mechanisms. Finally, weintroduce two novel mechanisms with the intent of electing the least polarizingcandidate.

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