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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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Why is Trump spending less than Hillary Clinton?

I've read various reports about Trump not spending much money in the presidential election. In hindsight, him not spending much money in the primaries made sense, as he got so much "earned coverage" ...
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How are Electoral College electors chosen for write-in votes for President?

In the United States, when people vote for president, they actually vote for the electors. For instance, the Ohio ballot says the following: "A vote for any candidates for President and Vice ...
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What are some of the “true” swing states in the U.S 2016 election cycle?

I'm talking about ones where the margin is less then 7 points, or has swinged by more then 5 in polls within the 2012 results and polls currently in that state or is trending way too much to one party ...
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Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office?

Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office? Either by refusing, or by some health or legal issue which has come up between Polling Day and Inauguration Day? If this did happen, would the ...
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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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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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What happens in Utah, if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote?

In Utah (and most states) the winning candidate takes gets all delegates. Generally, a candidate must get more than 50% of the vote in order to win an election. But in the case of a multi-party race, ...
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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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Would Obama's viewing Trump's tax returns be seen as overstepping his authority?

26 U.S. Code § 6103(g)(1) says that the President can request tax return information from the IRS: Upon written request by the President, signed by him personally, the Secretary shall furnish to ...
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What voting system is used (in the majority of states) for the US presidential (electoral) vote?

Having done a bit of a search, I already know that on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, voters of the US may cast a vote (using a system specific to their state), which, when ...
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Why are the candidates allowed to speak after their two minutes runs out?

In most major American debates, the candidates get a fixed amount of time to make their points. In theory, when the clock runs out they're finished. In practice, however, it's possible for a candidate ...
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Would Hillary have anything to gain by participating in the debates if Trump refused to attend?

I was just reading this months Atlantic article, which discusses the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates. The article mentions the very real possibility of Trump choosing not to ...
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Is a former U.S. president in any way barred from becoming a cabinet member?

May a former U.S. president be part of a successor's administration? More specifically, may Hillary Clinton make Barack Obama a member of her cabinet? Are there even any historic precedents for such ...
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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 is the percentage of Republican voters who would/wouldn't vote for a female President?

Are there any polls which estimate what percentage of Republican voters would/wouldn't vote for a female Presidential candidate in a general election if said candidate was in line with their political ...

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