Just count the votes and see who has the most, right? Voting systems can actually be quite complex, and the puzzling mathematical paradoxes that arise from them may surprise you!
The picture above needs to be divided into two parts of equal area by cutting along the grid lines. Here's an example:
Note that in both parts, the oranges outnumber the apples.
Is it possible to divide the picture into two parts of equal area in which the apples outnumber the oranges in one of the parts?
The diamonds and dots represent voters. The voters are divided into four districts of equal area, with lines drawn along the grid.
In the example above, the dots will win two out of the four districts in a vote.
Suppose the dividing lines were drawn elsewhere. What's the maximum number of districts that the dots can win?
Is there a way to divide the grid along the lines into 5 portions of equal area such that there are only two purple triangles in each portion?
Proposition 888 is up for vote in the North District, the East District, and the South District. (Ties force the vote to be redone.)
If the majority of the votes are For in two of the districts, the measure passes. Clearly the measure is going to fail, but it turns out a majority of voters combined might have voted For anyway!
What's the maximum number of votes the South could have For such that a majority of all the voters combined together still voted Against?
The diamonds and dots represent voters. Suppose the voters are divided into four districts of equal area, with lines drawn along the grid. What's the maximum number of districts that the dots can win?