Acknowledgments From Jo n This project woul d no t hav e been possibl e without th e suppor t an d encour - agement o f friends, family , an d colleagues . I am particularly gratefu l t o Ji m Bradle y fo r introducin g m e to the fiel d of voting theory , an d t o Ar t Whit e an d Alle n Schwen k fo r helpin g m e tur n my interest i n mathematic s int o somethin g mor e tha n jus t a hobby . I am als o grateful t o m y colleagues a t Gran d Valle y Stat e Universit y fo r their persona l an d professiona l suppor t throughou t th e last fe w years. The y have taught m e a great dea l about wha t i t means to be a good teacher and a good mathematician , an d I fee l fortunat e t o belon g t o suc h a n outstandin g group o f teachers an d scholars . Writing a book is hard work, but having a great co-author makes the task seem less formidable. I truly appreciate Rick's creativity, his hard work, an d the fact tha t h e has handily compensated fo r my complete lack of knowledge about anythin g sports-related . I have been blesse d wit h a wonderful family , grea t friends , an d brother s and sister s i n Chris t wh o hav e bot h encourage d an d challenge d me . I owe an enormou s deb t o f gratitud e t o m y wife , wh o ha s sacrifice d mor e fo r m e than an y man coul d ever reasonably expect . Melissa , you are the love of my life an d I look forwar d t o al l the memorie s tha t w e have yet t o make . Finally, this boo k woul d hav e never com e to b e ha d Go d no t see n fit t o make i t so . Thoug h H e has been kin d enoug h to allo w me to tak e credit fo r some of His ideas, they ar e i n fact Hi s and no t mine . Thi s being the case , I hope that i n some way He will be glorified throug h thi s boo k an d whateve r may com e of it . xin
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