*'...can the result of voting among the three candidates sum to ~100%?'*I'd say no, but only because I'd calculate the totals based on the presumption that they sum to 100%. The way I'd do it (and I strongly suspect the way they do it in real life) is:

Count the number of votes each candidate got. Call Alfred's total A, Betty's is B, Carl's is C, and so on. The total number of votes cast is equal to the sum of all the candidates' totals (A+B+C...+N); call that T. T is going to equal something shy of twice the number of voters, since everyone

*can* vote for two but not everyone

*will*.

Alfred's vote percentage is A/T, Betty's is B/T, and so on. F'r'ex, suppose there are 100 voters, and every one of them votes for two candidates (so T = 200). Thirty of the voters cast one of their two for Alfred (A = 30). Alfred's vote percentage is 30/200 = 15%.

*"How is this *~~democracy~~ ~~a republic~~ just?"I think "least unjust" is what we're aiming for. If you've got a better scheme in mind, feel free to send it to

Mr. Arrow.