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Is there a way to block an elected President from entering office?

Given the recent results on the national election at the US. I have seen several protests here at Berkeley and the Oakland area. While I understand their disgust and definitely do not agree with Trump'...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

As the 2016 election results continue to come in, it looks pretty clear that Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote but lose the electoral college. I know this has happened before and usually by ...
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Can an impeached President run for a second term?

Suppose Congress successfully impeaches and removes a sitting President of the USA. Can this person still run for a second term? Assuming the usual rules about term limits are observed, of course.
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What happens if President Trump has been found to be colluding with Russia?

What happens if it is proven that President Trump has been colluding with Russia during his campaign? Does he go to trial or get impeached? Or does nothing happen?
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What would happen if vote tallies were discovered to be changed?

On Monday, the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee. During the hearing, the House Intelligence Chairman asked Mike Rogers if votes ...
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What happens if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes?

I have seen polls that indicate that Evan McMullin is statistically even with Trump and Clinton in the state of Utah. With the possibility of six votes taken away by another candidate it is possible ...
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Why would the Russian government use hackers and email leaks to try to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [closed]

Assuming the Joint Statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security is correct that: only Russia’s senior-most officials ...
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A presidential candidate drops out after nomination

Here is a hypothetical situation. Let's say we are in the US and two major parties nominated their presidential candidates. Election campaign is heating up, and all of a sudden one of the ...
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What happens in the event of a tie for a 12th amendment House vote?

Evan McMullin is running for president, hoping to be elected via the 12th amendment, which would require him to receive at least 1 EC vote, and there to not be a candidate that receives the minimum ...
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Can a president win the electoral college and lose the popular vote

Let me preface this by saying I'm not American (I'm British). Last chance I got to look at the figures Hillary is amazingly close (<100k votes) behind Trump. But I realise that irrespective of how ...
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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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Why were pre-election polls and forecast models inconsistent with the election of Donald Trump?

As it's obvious now, pre-election polling and forecast models were inconsistent with the vote count in this election cycle as not many predicted a Trump victory. Is there any particular reason why ...
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If Russia hacked the 2016 election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Simple question, but it's been bugging me for quite some time. If we know for a fact that Russians interfered with the 2016 US presidential election, why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump, ...
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Could faithless electors really change the USA president?

Let's say Trump wins the Nov 8 2016 election but, because some Alabama electors break their pledge, the electoral college chooses Clinton on Jan 6. It seems that those electors would then just need ...
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Would offering to pay the fine for a faithless elector be bribery?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about faithless electors and whether they are bound in certain cases or what the penalty is. There's a petition circulating which offers to pay the fine of a ...
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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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Why does the libertarian party keep failing to gain much approval in US?

In US, there has not been much support for the libertarian party. Even though two of the leading candidates in the past presidential election have been considered to have so many faults to be elected, ...
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What is the maximum count of faithless electors Clinton can possibly get in 2016?

At the time of writing, it looks like Clinton will end up with 232 pledged electoral votes, and Trump with 306. So 37 electors would have to flip just for a tie. My understanding is that some states ...
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Could a Party Choose Not to Nominate an Incumbent?

For example, if the Republican party wanted to hold a new primary in 2020 and pick someone other than Trump, is there any specific reason they could or could not do so?
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Can members of the Electoral College also cast a “normal” vote?

Are members of the Electoral College allowed to vote in the general election? It would make perfect sense that they could cast a ballot like everyone else (because there's stuff on the ballot besides ...
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What is gerrymandering?

What is gerrymandering? Is Adam Ruins Everything - Why Rigging Elections Is Completely Legal an accurate description of gerrymandering? What was the original idea behind it?
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What are Donald Trump's legal options if he loses the Presidential Election?

So assume sometime on the night of November 8th or maybe in the wee hours of the morning on the 9th, the media declares one Hillary Clinton the next president of the US. In response Donald Trump does ...
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What's the greatest number of faithless electors that the US experienced in a single US election?

What was the greatest number of faithless electors that the US experienced in voting for President in any historical election for the modern era (FDR--to present)? And how many faithless electors ...
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What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign?

I watched the debate, and I'm wondering what is going on with Donald Trump's tax return. I heard Hillary say the deal is either he's (1) less wealthy than he claims to be, (2) not making the ...
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Has Trump publicly stated during what period he believed the USA to be great?

Perhaps the most known slogan by the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 is Make America great again. Has he made any public statement exactly what period in history he considered that the ...
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Is current (November 2019) polling about Democrats lead over Trump trustworthy?

Right now, many polls (such as this ABC/Washington Post poll from November 5th) claim that the Democratic candidates have double digit leads over Trump. In the 2016 elections, however, polls suggested ...
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

In the year 20XX, Cthulhu is "elected" President of United States. Namely, by "elected", I mean that enough people in the right patterns and places vote for Cthulhu[1] that 270+ electoral votes by ...
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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Have pollsters examined the possibility of a “shy Tory factor” in the 2016 presidential election?

Most of the polling for the 2016 US presidential election have been favourable to Hillary Clinton. One of the biggest questions I have right now is whether the polling is accurate. In particular, ...
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Did anyone run IRV models/simulations on 2016 US election?

With all the conversations about theoretical voting models; and all the conversations about actual 2016 elections, I got to wondering: Did anyone do any work (make a realistic polling model, run a ...
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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?

The BBC describes Navalny as Putin's main opposition rival (example article), despite the fact that he has rarely scored over 2% in opinion polls (at least two other opposition candidates score ≥6%). ...
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What electoral mechanisms might prevent the rise of a demagogue?

I realize that this may be one of the intentions of the US Electoral College system. Its most obvious role is to prevent a candidate of purely local appeal from winning nationally, but another de-...
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Did the candidacy of Ross Perot swing the 1992 presidential election?

Reading the Wikipedia article on the 1992 presidential candidacy of Ross Perot, one would get the impression that it made no difference to the outcome of the election. However, after looking at the ...
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Is the result of the general election final on 8th of Nov, 2016?

I'm a little bit confused by reading about the faithless elector. If one candidate won more than 270 votes on the election day. Is there an chance when the electors come to vote in December, some of ...
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What will happen if Wisconsin can't finish the recount in time?

As reported, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has accepted Jill Stein's petition for a recount of this year's presidential election. In a NBC article, it states: In addition, Wisconsin officials ...
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What causes the large delay in reporting the final results of Arizona, Michigan and New Hampshire?

Well after the other states declared their results, Google, BBC and the New York Times show these three states as not yet declared. Indeed, it looks like all states have finished counting votes (NYT ...
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Is the U.S. still a democracy now that the President lost the popular vote?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Democracy can mean rule of majority. Is the U.S. still a democracy now that Donald Trump is leading the executive branch while he lost the popular ...
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What makes California a Democrat state?

So, back in the 60s & 70s, California gave us Richard Nixon. In the 80s, President Reagan hailed from the state. At least as late as 1984, California was considered a safe Republican state. ...
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How would a recount help ascertain the results of the 2016 US Presidential election?

As it's widely reported now, Jill Stein's raising money to request for a recount in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The campaign site states this as the reason: To give you a ...
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Are concession speeches legally binding?

On Wednesday November 9, 2016 early in the morning Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump. However, at that time: most provisional ballots had not been examined or counted yet many ...
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People Writing in Pence for President

With the most recent comments that have surfaced, I see many Republicans saying they will write in Pence on Election Day. If people write in "Pence", does that vote still go to the combined "Trump/...
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Who can, in the US, challenge the registration of a voter?

According to this article, many (predominantly black) voters were purged of the right to vote after mail delivered to their adress bounced, with the NAACP suing against this : The lawsuit charges ...
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Why does the USA restrict president candidates to natural-born citizens?

USA doesn't allow naturalized American citizens to become president. There are 3 restrictions to become president. I cite it from this site. Question: What are the Requirements to Become President? ...
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When is the last day the Republicans or Democrats can change their candidate for the national election?

This question is motivated by stories claiming that some Republicans are asking Trump to step down as the party's candidate, but my question is for the more general case. For example, suppose that ...
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Why are politicians so obsessed with Russian/WikiLeaks interfering of US elections while some foreign governments openly took sides?

Democratic politicians such as Maxine Waters, Ted Lieu, and neo-cons such as Lindsey Graham and John McCain are publicly pushing for investigations for alleged Russian interventions in the US ...
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Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual?

It seemed to me, that the town hall went unusually well for Bernie and it seemed, that FOX was actually very fair, maybe even suspiciously so towards him. When comparing this town hall to previous ...
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Is election-driven suicide common?

I live in the US and woke up to a slew of posts, videos, comments, etc. from anonymous people online that either they or people close to them have contemplated suicide as a result of the 2016 election....
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Why do US Presidential candidates not issue formal written manifestos? [duplicate]

Why is it that US Presidential candidates do not issue formal written manifestos of their intentions if elected - as British political parties are required by custom to do? Manifestos are important ...
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U.S. president-elect impeachment trial before taking office? [duplicate]

Can a U.S. president-elect be impeached or have an impeachment trial begin before taking office?