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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What happens if a state omits a major party candidate from their presidential ballot

This question is inspired by this other question. Suppose a state determines that a major party candidate should not be on their presidential general election ballot, perhaps because they believe it ...
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Election disruption caused by ballot typographic error or omission

Has there ever been an instance of where a typographic error or omission on a paper ballot led to a delay or postponement of an election? I would assume that filing deadlines are set in part to allow ...
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Why is vote counting made so laborious in the US?

At the UK General Election in 2015, the constituency of Houghton & Sunderland South, declared its result in under 49 minutes, from close of polling.   Polling stations at UK parliamentary ...
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Algorithm for creating efficient test ballots [closed]

When preparing test ballots for voting machines that read hand-prepared, fill-in-the-oval paper ballots, is there an algorithm to prepare the ballots to guarantee each candidate (in a certain race) ...
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Traditionally, and currently, what stops human vote counters from altering ballots to make them 'Spoilt / Invalid votes?

Traditionally, and currently, what stops human vote counters from altering ballots to make them 'Spoilt / Invalid votes' ? Referring to - Spoilt vote / Invalid vote So if a theoretically dishonest ...
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How many ballots have been sequestered in Pennsylvania and Michigan?

By court orders, Pennsylvania and Michigan have been commanded to sequester domestic ballots that arrived at counting stations after the traditional deadlines. For the purposes of this question, it is ...
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Is there a centralized archive of ballot design samples from around the world?

I'm kind of an election nerd looking for a place to view different ballot designs from around the world. For instance, I'm happy to have found this video from International IDEA analysing ballot ...
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Has "none of the above" ever been added to a ballot? What was the effect?

Besides, Nevada, in United States, having the option to vote none of the above (NOTA) are there any other places in the world that allow for voters to tick NOTA? If this is the case, are there any ...
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Evidence of widespread voter fraud stemming from absentee ballots

This article makes the claim that voter fraud stemming from absentee ballots could have had a major impact on the recent California recall election. Is there any evidence from this election or others ...
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What are the repercussions of a poorly designed ballot?

I've been following the Florida senate race, and according to multiple sources, something seems to be off about the votes in a specific district. It mentions that the design of the ballot itself ...
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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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California Governor - Recall Election - Can you vote "no" and still pick a successor?

The explanation I have found so far for the upcoming recall election in CA is that there are two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? If so, who should replace him? (with Newsom himself NOT being ...
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Examples of unintentionally confusing ballot design?

What are some examples of unintentionally confusing ballot designs used in relatively recent elections (say, 1980 onwards)? Examples from non-american countries are fine if accompanied by an English ...
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Do Australian and Irish elections use ballot scanners on ranked-choice ballots?

I'm curious if Australia and Ireland (two of the most prominent users of ranked-choice voting) use machines to automate the electoral process.
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What happens to the physical votes after an election is complete and certified in the US?

After an election has ended and the winner determined and results certified, what happens to the actual physical ballots? Are they destroyed or stored elsewhere?
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What is the largest election to use non-secret ballots?

All the elections I'm aware of use secret ballots, meaning that no one knows which candidate a different person has voted for. But surely there must be elections somewhere where that's not the case ...
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Ballot Stubs, is this a voter's secrecy issue?

Below is pictured the bottom stub on an Ohio ballot. If you are mailing in a ballot, dropping off at a drop box your instructions are to "do not remove this stub". What is the function of ...
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When are absentee ballots typically rejected?

I'd been reading a bit about the absentee ballots that were rejected in my home state of Wisconsin. I was wondering, if they'd rejected upwards of 23,000 ballots in the April 2020 election, could the ...
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During a US election, are mailed-in votes counted first, second or there is no order?

Is there a specific order for which ballots are counted first, or are mailed-in ballots and in-person ballots counted in different locations and therefore are done at the same time?
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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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Consequences of a late Non-Nomination of a US presidential candidate for ballots

Some aspects are covered already for the nominations themselves (e.g. What is the procedure for choosing a new Republican candidate for the US presidency if the nominee withdraws or is removed? and A ...
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In the US presidential election, how would the ballots look like if there were 10,000 candidates?

I have the impression that any John Doe or Jane Doe can run for president in the US, provided they are natural-born citizens, at least 35 years old and residents for at least 14 years. Right? I don't ...
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Can members of the public attend UK General Election ballot counts?

Coverage of UK election nights is usually interspersed with footage of ballot counts, along with the result declarations in individual constituencies. The image below shows an example of one of these ...
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Does writing a message on an otherwise acceptable English ballot paper "spoil" the vote?

Suppose I vote today, in the UK general election, by making a mark as usual in a box, but I also add a protest comment in handwriting on the ballot form. Does this stop my vote being valid or ...
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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 on a particular placement 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...