Kent State Vice President Nathan Ritchey to Present "Mathematics of the Election Process: How America Elects its President"

Nathan Ritchey, Ph.D., will present “Mathematics of the Election Process: How America Elects its Presidents” at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. in Room 126 of the Science and Advanced Technology Center. The program is free and open to the public. 

Ritchey, who is the vice president for Kent State System Integration and interim dean of the Regional College, will discuss some basic mathematics to investigate the election process that will be used in the coming weeks to determine the next president.

For many, it may be surprising to learn that citizens of the United States of America do not have the right to vote directly for a candidate in a presidential election. In fact, four times in the history of this country, the elected president did not receive a majority of the popular vote. By developing a mathematical context for this process, it is possible to make some interesting observations regarding the upcoming election. For example, it is possible for as little as 20 percent of the popular vote to elect a president and that a tie is actually possible.

Ritchey’s areas of expertise include university accreditation, general education, STEM education, developing talent, honors programming, operations research/management science, mathematical modeling and assessment. He has authored numerous articles and co-authored several mathematics textbooks. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. N.E. in New Philadelphia.