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What could Trump hope to gain from a *second* Georgia “recount”?

Trump campaign asks for another Georgia recount I understand that Georgia law required an audit, and that it although they counted all votes again it was not a recount. Given that Campaign-requested ...
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What happens if the recount in Milwaukee county (Wisconsin) isn't finished by Dec 1st? [duplicate]

According to an AP story the recount is proceeding very slowly owing to numerous on-site challenges from Trump's observers. The story also mentions that by law the recount must be finished by December ...
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Could Michigan Republicans have given the electoral college votes to Trump?

According to the news, for a brief period, Wayne county board of canvassers had a 2-2 tie over whether to certify the election results. What would have been the effect (next steps) had the tie not ...
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Why did South Texas shift towards the Republicans?

The results of the 2020 US election are coming into focus, and, broadly speaking, there remains a large gap between how racial/linguistic groups vote. The Republicans were accused of running a ...
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If every legal challenge that Trump has mounted since the election succeeds, could he win the presidency?

I am not certain of exactly which legal cases he has launched, but let us imagine that all of them (recounts, discarding votes, etc.) are decided in his favo(u)r, exactly as he wishes. In that case, ...
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What, if anything, has been done to account for mail-in votes in 2020 exit poll data?

Traditionally, exit polls are done by physically presenting a subset voters with an anonymous survey as they exit the polling place. In normal years, this provides a fairly good picture of the ...
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What states used voting equipment by Dominion Voting Systems for the 2020 election (if any)?

I heard about that "Dominion" system of electronic voting. Did any states use it during the 2020 election? And if so, which exactly?
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What happened to the Pennsylvania Presidential vote count at 9:14 on election night?

This is an excerpt of data scraped from the New York Times election tracking website. At line 5969, the vote count suddenly drops by 340k votes, then at line 5972 it drops again by 114k votes, then at ...
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How far out of balance are Wayne County's absentee counting boards?

Michigan's GOP is calling for an audit in the 2020 election because "70% of the Detroit absentee counting boards were out of balance". Do we know how far out of balance they were? I mean, ...
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Trump's lawyer, Sidney Powell, is making some pretty extraordinary claims of electoral fraud. What is her reputation in the legal community? [closed]

Trump's lawyer, Sidney Powell, is making some pretty wild claims about alleging massive electoral fraud in the 2020 election. What she's alleging would be (if true) the biggest scandal since the 1876 ...
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What do we know of Evangelical voting for Trump in 2020?

I believe he had nearly 80% support in the past from Evangelicals. However, there have been calls for repudiation. Jerry Falwell, a big supporter, also resigned in scandal. Have these, and the events ...
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Are there other US presidential elections in which the majority of supporters of the losing side said the election was stolen from them?

According to Reuters: About half of Republicans polled by Reuters/Ipsos said Trump “rightfully won” the election but had it stolen from him in systemic fraud favoring Biden, according to a survey ...
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Have there been any riots due to the 2020 US presidential election results?

(Note: I'm from the UK so whilst we get some news about America our news cycle isn't dominated by their affairs) So, in 2020 there was the US elections, Biden won, but Trump is refusing to concede and ...
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What has been the approximate incidence of top-bottom election fraud in the US 2020 election, ie. irregularities?

The cases of voter intimidation and voter fraud seem to be rare. So if I were to study voter fraud of a scale large enough to overturn the election, I would investigate whether some counties show ...
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Is there objective proof that Jo Jorgensen stopped Trump winning, like a right-wing Ralph Nader?

Breitbart is pushing the theory that if Jo Jorgensen hadn't run, Trump would have won (assuming that he didn't). Is this correct? Is there objective proof that all (or enough) of her votes would ...
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Has Biden's campaign, or the Democratic Party, publicly voiced their opinion on granting some sort of immunity to Trump?

As a foreign spectator it seems likely to me that Trump won't leave the White House voluntarily. Losing his immunity appears to be a driving factor in why he is clinging to the position of power he ...
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Certification of presidential election results in battleground states [duplicate]

I have just read the Atlantic article which describes a possible constitutional crisis in the USA in aftermath of the current presidential election. Prevention of the election result certification in ...
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Who will be the next president of the USA if it indulges in (world or nukes)war before transfer of power? [closed]

Who will be the next president of the USA if it indulges in war before transfer of power? Will Biden get the power? Will it be right to exchange power during war?
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Can members of the Wayne County Canvassing Board rescind their votes?

A couple days ago, all four members of the Board of Canvassers of Wayne County, Michigan voted to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. Now the two Republican members of the ...
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What is the mechanism to invalidate a (US) election result? [duplicate]

Inspired by this tweet: In Detroit, there are FAR MORE VOTES THAN PEOPLE. Nothing can be done to cure that giant scam. I win Michigan! -@realdonaldtrump Let us, for the sake of argument, assume the ...
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What happens if the GSA refuses to recognize Biden even after the Electoral College vote?

I'd like to know what legal actions, if any, can be taken supposing that after December the 14th (when the Electoral College meet and vote for Biden) the General Services Administration, instructed ...
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Can US legitimately stop being a democracy if president will not concede? [closed]

After watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZWRhLW7Y8w, I was surprised that US Constitution effectively does not protect country from stop being democratic. Will actions described in ...
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Is a coup still possible in the United States?

I am aware of this question, but what I am asking is slightly different. I remember from January 6, 2001, that during the constitutional counting of the vote of the presidential electors, to be done ...
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What plans do the Biden-Harris administration have for helping and contributing to the African-American Community?

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been elected as President and Vice President by citizens of the United States of America and have said they have plans to help the African-American community. I am ...
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According to network calls and preliminary data, did Biden win the fewest counties of any winning US presidential candidate?

Hillary Clinton won 487 counties despite winning the popular vote in 2016. But she lost the Electoral College so that doesn't matter. Did Joe Biden win the fewest counties out of any winning ...
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Why do the courts have the power to change the US election result?

This is a sort of sequel to this other question When the US president is declared after winning enough states for 270 electoral votes, have they definitely won? President Trump is pursuing a number of ...
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Wouldn't it be beneficial for Democrats to support a bipartisan investigation into voter fraud allegations?

Obviously there's a big divide between the opinion that no voter fraud happened in the 2020 Presidential Election, and that such widespread voter fraud happened in enough states so as to swing the ...
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What is the total cost of the administration of the US 2020 presidential election?

The US 2020 presidential election seems to be a costly enterprise to the taxpayers. What is the total cost of the administration of the US 2020 presidential election?
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To what is Trump referring when he says “700,000 ballots were not allowed to be viewed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh”?

This is Trump's latest tweet: "700,000 ballots were not allowed to be viewed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh which means, based on our great Constitution, we win the State of Pennsylvania!" ...
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Why do countries have term limits on Presidents and Prime Ministers?

In many country, the elected leader can only run for 2 mandats (terms) in a row. I'm curious of the reason behind that. Any ideas?
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Georgia doing “hand recount” of 2020 Presidential Election Ballots. Why is “hand recount” better than “computer rescan”?

My initial judgement is that a "computer rescan" would have less chance of being biased and less change of making mistakes than a "hand recount", and so the "hand recount"...
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Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted the same way as in the midterms?

Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted for the same party as in the House elections in the previous midterm? If so, when was it? And, if there has never been as of writing,...
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What does the December 8th deadline mean for the certification of the results of the Electoral College?

I have just read the Atlantic article which describes a possible constitutional crisis in the USA in aftermath of the current presidential election. Prevention of the election result certification in ...
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Who “spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the [2016] election”?

Mitch McConnell, discussing the 2020 US presidential election, was quoted as follows: On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, said that Trump is "...
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Why has the state of Arizona taken so long to return results in the 2020 US Presidential Election?

Despite an early call by the Associated Press and Fox News, Arizona was generally considered one of the last uncertain states after the 2020 presidential election. In fact, still as of Sunday night, ...
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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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To what extent could the affidavits collected by the trump legal team affect election results? [duplicate]

Read the entire article here. It's too long to quote in its entirety, so I will try to give a representative sample. Is there anything here other than hearsay? If so, could it affect the results of ...
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What are the fundamental reasons for indirect presidential vote in the US?

I am French and therefore have understandably a hard time understanding the cultural aspects of indirect voting in the United States. I read the history of this approach and some of the main technical ...
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Is it unusual for foreign leaders to congratulate US presidential candidates before their opponents have conceded?

This quote from the Voice of America suggests that it is not usual: Some Trump supporters expressed frustration with foreign leaders. “These early calls by foreign leaders congratulating Biden are ...
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Why don't Democrat or Republican partisans register and vote in swing states?

Since swing states are often the deciding factor in US presidential elections, why don't Democrat or Republican partisans register and vote in swing states? Or perhaps they are already doing so and it'...
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Why haven't Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia been called a week after the election?

Looking at the New York Times election map, one can see that Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina have not been called yet for Trump or Biden despite having counted nearly every vote by now. Alaska ...
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Is the 25th amendment a viable remedy against a rogue lame duck president?

Given that Donald Trump has not been willing to concede, and appears willing to actively impair the process of an orderly transition of power, would the 25th amendment be a viable remedy? Could it be ...
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Why did Maine vote to re-elect Republican Senator Susan Collins? [closed]

In the 2020 election, the majority of voters in Maine voted for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Wouldn't Biden supporters want to make it easier for him to enact his policies by having ...
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Correlation between 538's urbanization index and vote margin 2020?

538 did an article about the urban-rural divide. It said that in 2016, the correlation between urbanization and Dem voting was 0.69 in 2016 and 0.55 in 2012. (There was one big exception: Vermont.) ...
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Why don't the states in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact apportion their electoral votes by congressional district?

If the goal is to get the electoral college to better reflect the popular vote, the simple solution is to avoid the winner-take-all system and apportion votes by congressional district based on the ...
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Trump was behind on November 5th. Why was he calling for vote counting to stop?

This CNN article, and others, reported that Trump asked for vote counting to stop, and threatening legal action to do so. I can (sort of) understand calls for a recount, but, if he was behind, what ...
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Have there been precedents of presidential campaigns communicating with foreign governments during the election campaign?

It's reported this week that "Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during [the presidential] campaign". In the CNN article linked above, it states that it's not ...
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Is it possible to vote multiple times in a US presidential election i.e. in more than one state?

It has been reported that the Trump campaign has announced a Nevada lawsuit over non-resident voters alleging inter alia that a significant number of Nevada voters were resident outside the state, and ...
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How can Trump be President-Elect before the Electoral College vote?

In the USA, the President is elected by the Electoral College. After the United States Presidental Election, 2016, Donald Trump was referred to as President-Elect as soon as his candidacy was ...
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What is the specific mechanism of voting done by the electoral college?

When the electoral college meets to vote on the next president, how does this vote take place? Do the members fill out a ballot privately; with those ballots then collected and counted? Or are the the ...

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