When every voter gains and no state loses: can the “one person, one vote” and the “one state, one vote” principles coexist?

  • Alexander S. Belenky


The Constitution does not contain any provision which suggests that the “one person, one vote” principle could be applicable in presidential elections. Yet, many people believe that this is how a President should be elected. Some even suggest that the Supreme Court decision has allegedly pronounced that this principle underlies any election in the country, since in Gray v. Sanders, the Supreme Court held that the “… the conception of political equality from the Declaration of Independence, to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, to the Fifteenth, Seventeenth, and Nineteenth amendment can mean only one thing-one person, one vote …” [97].


Presidential Election Election System Election Outcome Voter Turnout Presidential Candidate 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander S. Belenky
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics for Economics and Decision Choice and Analysis LaboratoryNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Center for Engineering Systems FundamentalsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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