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CCC 'Has a Formula' for its 2012 Constitution Celebration


Camden County College mathematics Professor Kelly Jackson will reveal the role that math played in the early formation of the United States government when CCC observes the eighth Constitution Day and celebrates the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s ratification with a free lecture from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19.


“Counting on the Constitution: One Man, One Vote?” will present the mathematical considerations behind many of the decisions made by our founding fathers. For example, the first veto by President George Washington was made over the arithmetic of how Congressional seats should be apportioned. In addition, the first proposed amendment to the Constitution passed by Congress regarded determining the size of the House of Representatives.


Early constitutional issues like the federal ratio (or “three-fifths compromise”), apportionment, who had the right to vote and the Electoral College system are still relevant today. Meanwhile, gerrymandering districts, “stolen elections” and swing states are not just today’s issues.


Jackson will explain a topic that is particularly pertinent to the upcoming election: how and why the nation’s founders established our method of electing a president. She also will address the math behind the way we count votes, and attendees will decide whether we are indeed a country where “one man equals one vote.”


CCC’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is presenting this Constitution Day event in partnership with the College’s library and Office of Student Life and Activities. It will take place in the Forum of the Connector Building, which is located on the Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.


Admission is free and open to members of the College and local communities. New Jersey educators may earn professional development credit by attending, and teachers from outside New Jersey may attend as well. Light refreshments will be available following the presentation.


For further details or to attend, contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or via e-mail at

Published: September 17, 2012