Could the Presidential Election End Up in a Tie? Dr. Nathan Ritchey Explains on October 25

Could the presidential election end up in a tie? With just weeks to go until election day, Dr. Nathan Ritchey explains how it could happen.

It is possible for as little as 20 percent of the popular vote to elect a president and that the election could end up in a tie.

By developing a mathematical context for this process, it is also possible to make some interesting observations regarding the upcoming election.

Dr. Nathan Ritchey will present Mathematics of the Election Process, How America Elects its Presidents at Kent State University at Stark on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in Main Hall Conference Room 1 at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Avenue NW, North Canton, OH. The program is free and open to the public.  

For many, it may be surprising to learn that American citizens 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.

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

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.


Laura M. Massie
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POSTED: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 04:54 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Laura M. Massie