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Could the US President be elected by Kevin Costner?

In the 2008 movie "Swing Vote", the presidential election is essentially tied. The only state that hasn't reported in is New Mexico, because it's waiting for a single precinct, which is waiting for a ...
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Is the National Front's presidential election chances dependent on which party opposes it in the run-off?

In the 2002 French presidential election, Jacques Chirac from the centre-right Rally for the Republic won with a large margin against Jean-Marie Le Pen of the National Front. I have a suspicion that ...
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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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Data on US Presidential Elections by income and race

The exit poll data do break it down by income and by race, but separately. So they just have "low income" vs "high income". And "white" vs "black". I am looking for data that break it down by both ...
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What happened to the money Jill Stein collected for the 2016 recount?

After the 2016 election Jill Stein began collecting donations for recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Last I read she was somewhere in the 7-10 million dollar range. All three of ...
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When will the votes of the electoral college become public (knowledge)?

I think/understand there are three (or four) key dates here. After the votes have been counted for each state, the electors will be appointed if the results are conclusive. On December 13rd, 2016, ...
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Territories Ability to Vote

I am doing a research project on the recent presidential general election and need to know which territories - if any - participate in it. From Wikipedia, I understand that Puerto Rico, American Samoa,...
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Has Donald Trump explained changes in some of his views after the election?

President-elect Donald Trump is sounding a different tune as he prepares to take on the mantle of the presidency. His stance on Hillary, Obamacare, climate change, building a wall, etc... Stance on ...
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Are the votes counted by a voting machine with tampered seals valid?

A St. Croix observer from the 2016 Wisconsin recount reports: Five of the nine machines being used in the recount have tampered seals. Photos of two are attached. Photo of seal, followed by photo ...
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Can one person run for US President as a candidate for two different parties? [duplicate]

I am not looking for opinion here, but actual laws or case evidence support for or against if this has been done / could be done legally. Example: Could Bernie run in the 2020 primaries as a ...
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How would tampering with voter registration rolls be detected?

I've been thinking about various scenarios where hypothetically one might be able to hack a US election. In the 2016 election, it seems to me that Trump won because of slim majorities in Wisconsin, ...
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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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Why doesn't the popular vote for past elections tally?

Why does different sources show a different popular vote tally. This happens even in the most recent elections such as 2012, 2008, etc. I've complied the results from 3 sources: Federal Elections ...
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How are US presidential electors nominated? [closed]

In a US presidential election, voters in fact select electors who later vote to select the president. I have heard that in different states, slates of electors are nominated variously by state party ...
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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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Do the big donors to a losing US presidential candidate ever get their money back?

Do the big donors to a losing US presidential candidate ever get their money back? And if so, how, and in how much time?
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Why is there shown an electoral vote for Trump in Maine on the Wikipedia?

In the Wikipedia article for the results of the 2016 US Presidential Election, it shows 1 red vote in Maine: Also, the "States carried" says "ME-02". What does that mean? I thought winning a state ...
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Statistics on vote by mail in the US presidential elections

I am looking for statistics regarding vote by mail. I am primarily interested in the recent US presidential election of 2016, and I know not all results are in yet, but I am also looking for the same ...
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Can faithless electors be grounds for impeachment?

Reading comments on previous question (about faithless electors replacing VP), one sentiment expressed was that there's pretty much no way to undo anything that faithless electors do if they choose ...
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Trump Campaign Effectiveness [closed]

When the presidential campaign was in full swing in 2015, a friend of mine said that Trump's campaign was very effective because it researched and relayed what the people wanted to hear. Now I am not ...
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A small set of questions on objections to the Electoral College vote by members of Congress

According to this website article (bold emphasis added)... In 2017, the new federal Congress convenes on January 6 for the official Electoral College vote count. The Vice President will open the ...
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Are the US presidential debates pre-taped?

Just before the beginning of the third presidential debate, the moderator reminded the audience they needed to keep quiet during the event, and said they would be starting things momentarily "at 3:00."...
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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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Function of an Acting President, and possible infringement of separation of powers

If I understand correctly what I have been reading about presidential elections: A special election can be called by act of Congress when there is no President-Elect and no Vice-President-Elect ...
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Could the results of presidential election still change?

According to CNN, ballots are still being counted across the USA (as of 11/16/16). While in many states, the number of counted ballots is too small to change the result, the outcome in Michigan is ...
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What prompted the high turnout in presidential elections from 1840-1896?

After reading about the recent election and hearing that the voter turnout was somewhat lower than in the last two cycles, I went and found this page from UCSB, that listed voter turnout percentages ...
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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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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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What made the popular vote in the US presidential election so close?

One striking feature of the just completed presidential election in USA is how close the popular vote was -- the two major candidates literally being separated by only a fraction of a percent. It is ...
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Is there any law against bribing an elector? [duplicate]

Is there any law against bribing an elector of the US Electoral College or against an elector accepting a bribe (other than the laws against violating their pledge)?
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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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Can states amend their constitutions to pre-determine future elections?

Consider this scenario: a state passes an amendment which automatically allocates all electoral votes to a given Party candidate for all future elections, ignoring the result of each election. Or ...
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How did Hillary Clinton win the popular vote but lose the election (2016)? [duplicate]

I saw on the news that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the election, how does this happen? I'm not familiar with the USA presidential election system.
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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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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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How are some counties announced in US election before polls close?

I understand there are a few areas like Dixville Notch, N.H where everyone in the area votes at midnight, and because they are so small they know everyone has voted and hence they can release their ...
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How do I read the US Presidential Election Results as shown by Google?

When Googling Presidential Election Results the following metadata is shown, part of which is confusing me. Can anyone enlighten me as to what these percentages represent? (Obviously the other numbers ...
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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 does 'flip' mean?

At this moment, the NYT results shows Ohio as "Flip" for Trump. What does that mean?
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Why do so few people vote for the Green Party? [closed]

Now, I don't have comprehensive knowledge of what the Green Party represents, and I only just recently learned of their existence. But from the wikipedia page, it seems like they stand for everything ...
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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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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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Identifying write-in presidential candidates

Let's say I write-in "John Smith" on a ballot, how does the election board know which John Smith I voted for? Even if I write in a well known politician like let's say Paul Ryan, there must be more ...
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What candidates can be voted on in a deadlock in a general election?

As per the Twelfth Amendment, I am of the understanding that in a deadlock situation in a general election, the vote goes to the House of Representatives, with each state getting a single collective ...
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Do news network collaborate with other networks when projecting the winner of a state?

Once the polls close, news networks will start projecting the winner of a state, sometimes almost instantly. Do they collaborate with other news networks when projecting the winner or do they project ...
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Where is the House of Representatives forecast on 538?

On 538 2016 Election Forecast, there are two tabs: Presidential and Senate election. Where's their forecast for House of Representatives?
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Why are the candidates at the bottom end of polls still trying? [duplicate]

I'm wondering why the candidates at 2% or 4% are still running? Are they doing anything? Do they have to keep running? I just do not get why you would keep spending money on a campaign that is ...
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Were there any U.S. Presidents that were very unpopular when elected?

I've read in a few news sources that whoever wins the current 2016 presidential election will already have generally low (below 45%) favorability among the general U.S. population, even among people ...
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What will happen to 'Nathan Johnson'?

Evan McMullin's on the ballot with Nathan Johnson though his running mate's Mindy Finn. His campaign said that it's a placeholder. Since the deadline's passed to change, he's stuck with Johnson. ...
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What would happen if Hillary Clinton was convicted and sent to prison? [duplicate]

Lately, there's been a lot of re-kindled hubbub about Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of potentially-classified information (emails). It makes me wonder, what would happen ...

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