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Questions tagged [ballot]

For questions about the paper or other instrument with which a voter's choices are stored. May be a paper, a colored ball, or electronic storage. Not for questions about choices which might appear. Consider referendum instead.

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A. B, C, or D statistical voting placement on ballot?

In school, we were taught to always pick C in a multiple choice question if unsure. Would being the 3rd choice on a ballot bring any statistical advantage?
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Condorcet winner possible without ballots available?

I have a situation. 3 parties participated in a hypothetical election between 10 voters. The voting followed normal Condorcet method, with voter ranking the parties in the order of their choice. (Eg. ...
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For a provincial election, how long after the voting are the results given out in Canada?

What are the timings for provincial elections in Canada. If the elections conclude at say, 7pm today, when will the results be declared? And how long after the results do the winning candidates ...
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In a California election, can you obtain the ballot of your choice on your own?

I'm only familiar with voting in states that have voting machines, so no paper ballots are involved. In paper ballot states, for example California, there seem to be a "standard" way of getting a ...
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Is there any political theory addressing uncounted but traceable second ballots?

A theory has occurred to me recently. Like most ideas, the first step is figuring out whether someone else has already had it. Suppose we want to maintain the secret ballot. One downside to the ...
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Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite with a ballot? [closed]

Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite, being held in Australia, using the ballot itself? I've heard people advocate glitter bombing, but I assume it'll mainly result in the people ...
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What is the rationale behind secret ballot by country at the UN?

The recent vote at the UN to allow Saudi Arabia on women rights council shed light onto something else: country votes are secret. Apparently, the only way wikileaks found to ask for the vote Sweden ...
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Secret ballot vs vote by mail

According to wikipedia, "The secret ballot is a voting method in which a voter's choices in an election or a referendum are anonymous, forestalling attempts to influence the voter by intimidation and ...
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Why are the last U.S. states to get their votes in all swing states?

As of writing this, all the remaining states that still have votes coming in are extremely close competitions between the presidential candidates. I don't think that's a coincidence as I recall it ...
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What is the exact process for counting my presidential election ballot?

I'd like to know exactly to they process presidential election ballots? From the time I submit to the time it's in the database. I'd like to know the exact process, whether or not they are scanned ...
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Why are there two white bins inside a voting machine?

Inside the Insight voting machine that people in the US must have used on Nov 8 to insert their filled out ballots,, there are actually two white bins that collect the ballots, one smaller than the ...
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What is the chain of custody of a mail-in election ballot?

What happens to my ballot after I mail it? Who opens the envelope? Who tallies my vote? What anti-fraud measures are in place? I live in California, Santa Clara County.
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Why can a candidate be on the ballot for 2 parties?

Donald Trump will be on the ballot in California as the nominee of the Republican Party and the American Independent Party. Why is this possible? Aren't there laws regarding this? So, is Trump ...
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Massachusetts Absentee Ballot: Pencil or Pen?

This is a pretty simple question: I have received an absentee ballot in Massachusetts and I don't know which writing utensil to use to fill it out. I found with some searching that California wants ...
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Multiple/ Changing running mate in US presidential election

Would a presidential candidate be able to change his/her running mate after ballot papers have been printed? For example, Independent Candidate Evan McMullin placed "Nathan Johnson" from California ...
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In two-round system, how common is that the two remaining candidates have more votes than all candidates (including both of them) on first round?

As this answer exemplifies, in the Brazilian 2014 Presidential Election, the sum of the votes of the remaining two candidates in the second round (~105.5 million) exceeds the sum of their's plus the ...
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Why is there a discrepancy between # of precincts reporting for different parties from the same polling places?

As I was monitoring the presidential primary returns tonight I noticed something very puzzling. Take a quick look at this screen capture: This image is from one of the news websites (huffpost.com) ...
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Why does the election worker cover the slot on a ballot box?

When I last voted in a national election (in Germany, in case it matters) I observed that the election workers (the people who checked my documents, gave me my ballot paper, etc) would keep the slot ...
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Would shorter election cycles bring cleaner and better politics?

In the Czech Republic it is estimated that about 10% of the governmental expenses are lost as cost of corruption (I think the source is Transparency International, but I can not find it now). This ...
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Are ballot order laws constitutional?

Research has shown that the order of names on the ballot has a demonstrable effect on the outcome of the election. This implies that any fixed name order on the ballot gives some candidates an ...
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Has “none of the above” ever been added to a ballot? What was the effect?

Besides Nevada having the option to vote none of the above (NOTA) are there any other places in the world which allow for voters to tick NOTA? If this is the case, are there any studies on the effect ...