Central Texas College’s annual Math Appreciation Day event, part of the Mathematical Association of America’s celebration of Math Awareness Month, was free to the public Thursday.

The event has been held each year in April since 1986 to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics.

The daylong event included the showing of the movie “The Martian,” prizes for students, a math trivia challenge, the mathematical puzzle Four Fours, math “Jeopardy,” a scavenger hunt and featured guest speaker Daniel King.

King, a math professor at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, discussed the history and evolution of the Electoral College, its merits and faults and possible alternative voting schemes.

Eric J. Shelton

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Note: The National Popular Vote bill is 61% of the way to guaranteeing the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country. .

Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support among voters) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states, like Texas, that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.

The National Popular Vote bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

The bill has passed 34 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.


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