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Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems Lesson Plan
For All Practical Purposes Weighted Voting System—Key Terms The Shapely-Shubik Power Index Pivotal Voter The Banzhaf Power Index Critical Voter Comparing Voting Systems Mathematical Literacy in Today’s World, 8th ed. 1 © 2009, W.H. Freeman and Company

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems Weighted Voting Systems—Key Terms
Voting is often used to decide “yes” or “no” questions. Weighted voting system – A voting system in which each participant (voter) is assigned a voting weight. Different participants may have different number of votes or voting weights. There are three pieces of information we need: How many votes each voter has. The individual voter i has weight wi . . How many voters there are. There are n voters. The sum of their weights is w1 + w2 + …+ wn. How many votes it takes to approve an issue. The quota q is the minimum number of votes to pass. 2

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems Weighted Voting Systems—Key Terms
Shorthand notation: [ q : w1, w2, … , wn ] Quota: q is the minimum number of votes needed to pass a measure. If the sum of each voter’s weight who favors a motion is equal to or greater than the quota, then “yes” wins. Otherwise, “no” wins. The quota must be at least a majority (to avoid ties) and less than or equal to the sum of all the weights. ½ (w1 + w2 + … + wn) < q  w1 + w2 + … + wn Weights of the voters: w1, w2, … , wn is the number of votes assigned to each separate voter in a weighted voting system. The variable n represents how many voters in the system. Notation for Weighted Voting Systems – To describe a weighted voting system, you must specify the voting weights w1, w2, ,wn of the participants and the quota q. The following notation is a shorthand way of making these specifications: [ q : w1, w2, …, wn ] 3

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems Weighted Voting Systems—Key Terms
Electoral College The United States elects the president using the electoral college, which is a weighted voting system in which the voters are the states. The number of electors allotted to a state is equal to the size of its congressional delegation. Congressional delegation = 1 elector per representative and 2 electors (for the 2 senators) Example: A state with 25 representatives would get 27 electors, (25 representatives + 2 senators) The weights range from 1 for individual congressional districts to 55, and the quota, 270, is a simple majority. 2000 presidential election: George W. Bush won with 271 electoral votes. 4

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems Weighted Voting Systems—Key Terms
Dictator – A voter with all the power. A voter can pass a motion by voting “yes” even if all others vote “no.” Dictator’s weight is greater than or equal to the quota. Example: [51: 60, 40 ], the voter with 60 shares is a dictator. Dummy – A voter whose votes do not count. Basically, a dummy’s vote is never needed to pass or defeat any measure. If there is a dictator, the rest of the voters are dummies. Example: [8: 5,3,1], the voter with 1 vote is not needed to pass or block any measure. Veto Power – When one person has the power to defeat or block a measure by himself. A voter whose vote is necessary to pass any motion has veto power. Example: [6: 5, 3, 1], the voter with 5 votes has veto power. Power Index – We will look at two ways to measure the share of power that each participant in a voting system has: Shapely-Shubik Power Index and Banzhaf Power Index 5

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Shapely-Shubik Power Index
The Shapely-Shubik Power Index (developed 1954) The Shapley-Shubik power index of each voter is computed by counting the number of permutations in which he or she is pivotal and then dividing it by the total number of permutations. Lloyd S. Shapley Martin Shubik Permutation – A permutation of voters is an ordering of all the voters in a voting system. Pivotal Voter – The first voter in a permutation who, when joined by those coming before him or her, would have enough voting weight to win is the pivotal voter in the permutation. Each permutation has exactly one pivotal voter. Factorial – For a positive whole number n n! = n × (n − 1) × (n − 2) × … × 2 × 1 (where 0! = 1) 6

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Shapely-Shubik Power Index
Steps to Calculate the Shapely-Shubik Power Index Step 1: Name the participants A, B, C, etc. (corresponding to the voters). Step 2: For n voters, you will have n! permutations. Make a table listing the voters’ permutations—list all ways to order the voters using letters. Step 3: In the table to the right of each permutation, list the weight of the first voter in the first column. Then in the second column, list the weight of the first voter added to the weight of the second voter for each row. In the third column, add the weights for the first three voters in that permutation. Continue filling out the cumulative weights going across. Step 4: Find the pivotal voter: The first cumulative weight that is equal to or greater than the quota is underlined in each row. Then, the corresponding voter is circled in the permutation (same column number in the permutation as the column of the underlined weight). Step 5: Count how many times each voter was pivotal out of the n! times. List the Shapely-Shubik index of the voters as fractions. (The fraction shows what proportion of power, or influence, each voter has.) 7

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Shapely-Shubik Power Index
Example: Find Shapely-Shubik power index for [6: 5, 3, 1] Step 1: A B C Name the voters with letters [6: 5, 3, 1] corresponding to each weight. Step 2: For n = 3 voters, there will be 3! = 3 × 2 × 1 = 6 permutations (n!). Make a table listing all the 6 possible arrangements of 3 letters. Step 3: List the cumulative weights of the voters for each permutation. Step 4: Find the pivotal voter, underline the cumulative weight that is equal to or greater than the quota, and circle the corresponding voter. Step 5: Find the fraction of times each voter was pivotal. A was pivotal 4 times out of 6. B and C were pivotal 1 time out of 6. Shapely-Shubik power index for A, B, C is: (4/6, 1/6, 1/6). Permutations and Pivotal Voters Permutations Weights A B C 5 8 9 6 3 4 1 8

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Shapely-Shubik Power Index
How to Find Shapely-Shubik for Larger Voting Systems For voting systems with more than four voters, listing all the permutations will be very cumbersome. When n becomes very large (n = 100), then n! becomes almost impossible to list. If all the voters have the same voting weight, a list of all the permutations is not needed because each voter would have the same share of power. Example: If there are n = 100 voters, each with 1 vote, the Shapely-Shubik power index of each is 1/100. Even if all but one or two have equal power, the Shapely-Shubik power index can still be found without listing all permutations. Two principles used in this method: Voters with the same voting weight have the same Shapely-Shubik power index. The sum of the Shapley-Shubik power indices of all the voters is 1. List the permutations by grouping them by the position occupied by the chairperson (or co-chairs) and compute his (their) index, then divide up the remaining share of power among the rest. 9

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Banzhaf Power Index
The Banzhaf power index is the number of distinct winning or blocking coalitions in which one’s vote is critical. Coalition – A set of voters who are prepared to vote for, or to oppose, a motion. Winning coalition – The coalition that has enough votes to pass the measure. The voters’ weights in the winning coalition must add up to be equal to or greater than the quota q. Sum of weights of winning coalition  q John F. Banzhaf III Blocking Coalition – Opposes a measure and has the votes to defeat it. The voters’ weights in the blocking coalition must add up to more than the total weight of all the voters minus the quota (ntotal − q). Sum of weights of blocking coalition  ntotal − q + 1 Losing Coalition – The coalition that does not have enough votes to get its way. 10

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Banzhaf Power Index
Critical Voter A member of a winning coalition whose vote is essential for the coalition to win. A member of a blocking coalition whose vote is essential for the coalition to block. Extra-Votes Principle A winning coalition with a total weight w has w − q extra votes. A blocking coalition with votes of total weight w has: w − (n − q + 1) extra votes (where n is the total weight of all the voters in the system) The critical voters are those whose weight is more than the coalition’s extra votes. These are the voters that the coalition cannot afford to lose. If extra votes = 0 ( which means the coalition’s weight = quota), then all the members of that coalition are critical. 11

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Banzhaf Power Index
Steps to Calculate the Banzhaf Power Index Step 1: List all the winning coalitions in the first column of the table. Winning/Blocking Duality – The number of winning coalitions in which a given voter is critical is equal to the number of blocking coalitions in which the same voter is critical. As a result, you can simply double the critical voter results of the winning coalitions. Otherwise, a second table is needed to make a list of the blocking coalitions. Step 2: In the second column, list the total weight of all the voters in that particular coalition in that row. Step 3: In the third column, calculate the extra votes for the coalition. Extra votes for the winning coalition is its weight minus the quota. Extra votes = w – q. Step 4: For the last n columns (n the number of voters), use the extra- votes principle to identify the critical voters in each coalition. 12

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Banzhaf Power Index
Example: Find the Banzhaf power index for [3: 2, 1, 1] Step 1: List all the winning coalitions in the first column of the table The winning coalitions would be the teams formed equal to or greater than the quota (q = 3 or more) {A,B}, {A,C}, {A,B,C}. Step 2: In the second column, list the total weight of all the voters in that particular coalition in that row: {A,B} = 3, {A,C} = 3, {A,B,C} = 4. Step 3: In the third column, calculate the extra votes. Subtract the quota, q = 3 from the weight of each coalition. {A,B,C} = 4 − 3 = 1 extra vote. Step 4: For the last three columns, use the extra-votes principle to identify the critical voters in each coalition. Double the number of critical voters for each participant to find the Banzhaf power index for A, B, C: (6, 2, 2). A has 3 times as much power as B or C! Winning Extra Critical Votes Coalition Weight Votes A B C {A, B} 3 1 {A, C} {A, B, C} 4 Totals 13

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems The Banzhaf Power Index
Voting Combinations – A record of how the voters cast their votes for or against a given proposition. Voting “yes” or “no” can be compared to a binary system of binary digits or bits, which can be 0 or 1. There is a total of 2n combination in an n-element set. Using the combination formula below, there are voting combinations, with k “yes” votes and n − k “no” votes. Combination Formula Given a set of n objects, or voters, the combination formula helps to calculate how many ways you can choose k number of objects. n! Calculate ! × 39 × 38 × 37 × 36! = k! (n − k)! ! (40 − 4)! × 3 × 2 × 1 × 36! = = = 91,390 14

Chapter 11: Weighted Voting Systems Comparing Voting Systems
Comparing Voting Systems – In many cases, different weighted voting systems results in having the same winning coalitions. Equivalent Voting Systems – Two voting systems are equivalent if there is a way for all of the voters of the first system to exchange places with the voters of the second system and preserve all winning coalitions. Example: [50: 49, 1] and [4: 3, 3] are equivalent because each require unanimous support to pass a measure. Minimal Winning Coalition - A winning coalition in which each voter is a critical voter. Voting Systems with Three Participants System Minimal Winning Coalition Weights Banzhaf Index Dictator {A} [ 3: 3, 1, 1 ] ( 8, 0, 0 ) Clique {A, B} [ 4: 2, 2, 1 ] ( 4, 4, 0 ) Majority {A, B}, {A, C}, {B, C} [ 2: 1, 1, 1 ] ( 4, 4, 4 ) Chair Veto {A, B}, {A, C} [ 3: 2, 1, 1 ] ( 6, 2, 2) Consensus {A, B, C} [ 3: 1, 1, 1 ] ( 2, 2, 2 ) 15