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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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What happens if the would be president elect dies before the race is called? [duplicate]

This isn't specific to the recent election, but I will use the names Biden and Trump to explain myself more clearly. Assuming nothing changes with the current outcome of the election (eg. Biden is ...
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What if Biden dies now? [duplicate]

The results of the election are not confirmed yet. But what if Biden dies and he wins before results declared? Does the Democratic Party have to nominate a new president? Would that mean that Trump ...
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Longest negative popular vote bellwether US county streak?

I was thinking about negative bellwethers, which are things that generally pick the losing candidate. A positive popular vote bellwether could be New Mexico dating back to 1964. This means it always ...
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Why has Alaska not been called with a 30% lead?

On Google, which appears to use data from AP, all of the West Coast states -- California, Oregon, Washington -- immediately went from grey (no results) to dark-blue (called-for the blue party), right ...
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Correlation between presidential & senate 2020?

I am curious about the correlation between Senate and President. I have found that Susan Collins winning by a relatively large margin appears to be an outlier. The senate races seem closer to the ...
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Why is the possibility of state legislatures invalidating the popular vote being discussed? [duplicate]

It has been discussed that one of the alternatives for Trump to keep the presidency is that... Republican legislators in states like Pennsylvania would invalidate the electoral results and simply ...
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What effect does the recent SCOTUS decision on faithless electors have on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact?

What effect, if any, does the recent SCOTUS decision on faithless electors have on the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact? This compact requires the electors from the states signed into the ...
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Does National Popular Vote Interstate Compact make allowances for states to leave after joining?

My understanding of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is that, once 270 electoral votes worth of states pass the law, all of the joining states will appoint electors pledged to casting ...
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What would happen if the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact was ratified between a presidential election and when the electoral college votes?

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement between several US states to award their electoral college votes to the winner of the national vote. This agreement is designed to only ...
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When and how does the GSA ascertain the President-Elect?

All major news organizations from across the political spectrum have projected that Joe Biden has won the 2020 US Presidential Election. Today, the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition ...
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Was Trump such an underdog 4 years ago according to polls?

I keep reading that almost every single poll known to man shows that Biden is leading Trump. The only exceptions are polls from a few Republican states (like Kansas) where Trump easily won in 2016 but ...
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What projections are there, if any, of the final margin of the election?

At this point, Biden is the president-elect, with every major network including Fox having called the election in his favor, and with a probable end result of 306 electoral votes to 232 for Trump. ...
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Why may one be “faithless” if “winner-takes-all” is already applicable?

From Wikipedia article on United States Electoral College, All jurisdictions use a winner-take-all method to choose their electors, with the exceptions of Maine and Nebraska, which use a one-elector-...
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What new data caused Biden to be declared winner by the news?

At around 07.11.2020, 16:30 UTC (one and half hours ago), it seems like many news outlets in the US decided to call the 2020 presidential election for Biden, which prompted celebration, ...
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Does the US have 2 presidents until Jan 20?

With Joe Biden winning the presidential election, what kind of power does he have until Jan 20? What can he effectively do? In this question "Has Joe Biden made any promises to revert Trump's US ...
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If VP becomes POTUS, how often can he be elected as president afterwards [duplicate]

In the USA one can only be president for two legislative periods. Also, when a president is removed from office or dies, the vice president becomes president. Does this count as the VP's first term or ...
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Why is a “landslide win” for Biden considered impossible in the 2020 election? [closed]

Biden is currently 4 million votes ahead of Trump (73,716,018 vs. 69,645,113), with postal and absentee votes currently being tallied which generally favor Biden, and Pennsylvania and Georgia seem to ...
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When the US president is declared after winning enough states for 270 electoral votes, have they definitely won? [duplicate]

Watching the counting of the recent presidential election on the US, there was a point where Joe Biden had 238 electoral votes and was leading in enough states to get to 270. If he had gotten to 270, ...
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When are the election results official?

Every single newspaper is saying that “Joe Biden is elected the 46th president of the United States”, but Trump will fight this any way he can. My question: when are the results official with no ...
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Could Trump maintain power by combination of executive orders and supreme court decisions?

Since Trump is still president until January, and he has already packed the supreme court, would it be possible for him to be president eternally by extending his power through executive orders, and ...
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Can a third-party candidate “donate” their votes to another candidate?

Is there any provision in US constitution which allows one candidate, say Jo Jorgensen, to “donate” their votes in a given state to another candidate?
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Why is there such a large difference between the US population and electorate?

At the time of writing this question, a total of 143.1 million votes have been counted in the 2020 US Presidential election (73 488 248 democratic, and 69 622 407 republican). Most estimates have put ...
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Why does it take much longer to count the last few percentages of votes in some states?

Looking at Google -> US elections, I see that in many US states the percentage of reporting is >95%. This leads me to think that the last few percentages of votes in some states take much longer ...
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Why are votes counted so quickly on election day, then slow down afterwards? [duplicate]

In following the ongoing US election, I notice that most states seem to count votes much faster on day 1. For example on election night, Pennsylvannia counted ~80% of its total votes, but it's been ...
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Observation of ballot counting - appropriate vs actual

According to this Guardian article about the counting of the 2020 US presidential elections in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Trump campaign’s strategy on Thursday was built around a claim that its ...
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Is it uncommon for a party to win presidency, but lose house seats?

In the United States' 2020 Presidential election, it appears as if Joe Biden and the Democrats have won the presidency, however as of writing this, have lost 5 seats in the house, and will likely lose ...
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Why did Google/AP call Arizona for Democrats when at 90% reporting Ds only have a 1.3% lead, still shrinking? [duplicate]

It would appear that Google has been showing Arizona for Democrats since several days ago, and continues to do so even now when at 90% reporting there's only a 1.2% lead between D and R -- meaning ...
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Do any other countries have a similar system as the United States of America's electoral college?

In the United States, the Presidential election is determined by individual popular votes of each State, and the candidate needs at least 270 of these electoral votes to be declared the winner (for ...
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Why aren't the US presidential election results posted only once the winner has been decided?

The slowness of the vote counting during the 2020 US presidential elections seems to fair a few amount of turmoil, especially given the vote-by-mail voter distribution. Why aren't the US presidential ...
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Why does the Biden campaign have a $32 donation tier?

Going onto the Joe Biden website, it's currently asking for donations for his presidential election campaign and potential legal action. Some of the options seem to be quite random though: For those ...
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Does my vote even matter? [duplicate]

If I'm voting republican in a state such as California, does it even matter? I decided not to vote since CA is overwhelmingly blue and I thought my vote would be pointless
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How exactly might Trump's contesting the election results determine the transition of the presidency? [closed]

The fact that Trump is going to contest the election results raises the following possibilities: Trump fails to persuade the court that there were significant number of violations in the counting ...
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How do Republicans explain consistently losing the popular vote in presidential elections since 1992?

I was wondering about how the Republican Party has only won the popular vote once in three decades in a presidential election. Seven out of eight presidential popular votes were won by Democrats. This ...
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Who breaks the tie in the Senate election of Vice President [duplicate]

In the event of an electoral college tie, the vice president is elected by the newly elected Senate. What if the Senate splits the vote 50/50? Normally the vice president would break a tie in the ...
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Why were the US mail-in ballots implemented the way they were, with such a late mailing deadline?

Mail-in ballots are a good idea, especially in COVID times, but the current implementation in the US seems so obviously wrong. Specifically, allowing ballots to be mailed on the final day guarantees ...
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Smallest MOV in Georgia history for president?

The election for president is very close in Georgia. What was the smallest margin of victory in both percentage points and raw votes for a presidential election in the US state of Georgia?
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How did the US end up so evenly split?

When looking at the popular vote for 2016, about 49% to 51%, and the current numbers for 2020, it's astonishing how close it is — how evenly the country is divided. Surely this is unexpected and ...

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