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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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What happens if any of Jill Stein's recounts find evidence of major issues and it's impossible to say who won a state?

As is widely reported now, Jill Stein's campaign is requesting recounts in two states (and likely soon a third). Ideally, the recounts will closely (or exactly) match the reported totals, and the ...
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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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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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Where are the missing 16 delegates in the US presidential election? [closed]

Question 1. The total number of delegates for the US presidential election is 538, so that the majority is at 270. Now, Trump got 290 delegates while Clinton has 232: this is a total of 522. Where are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did Trump use social media successfully to gain votes?

Quoting How did Trump win? Here are 24 theories He won because of Facebook and its inability or unwillingness to crack down on fake news Via New York Magazine: The social network and others ...
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Do American citizens have the right to prevent a president from taking the oath of office?

As Americans, do we have the right and/or duty to prevent an individual from taking the Oath of Office to become the president if they strongly oppose that individual?
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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 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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Who would have won the 2016 presidency if all states' electors were allocated proportionally?

Hypothetically, if all states were to allocate their electors proportionally to the votes in their state, who would have won the last election? That is, let's say that there was a constitutional ...
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Instant runoff voting in US presidential elections

User Thunderforge recently remarked: (emphasis mine) Of interest, Maine approved a ballot measure for Instant Runoff Voting for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Are all popular votes counted even when one candidate has an insurmountable lead?

Much has been made of the recent election since Clinton seems to have won the "popular vote" while Trump won the vote for the electoral college. I wonder, though, if this is actually true or if we ...
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How can the US electoral college vote be so different to the popular vote?

I've seen some of the YouTube and news outlet pieces on the mechanics of how the USA's electoral college voting system works. But if electors are supposed to follow the popular vote and the popular ...
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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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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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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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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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Isn't the Electoral Vote made so unqualified or “Charismatic Tyrants” can not become president?

"The Founding Fathers wanted the people to have a say, there was concern that a charismatic tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come into power. Alexander Hamilton briefly addressed these ...
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Who is this young person beside Trump at his victory speech?

The Secret Service agent on Trump's left (our right) looks very young. Who is this person?
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Michigan Results- Provisional Ballots

As of writing this, Trump won Michigan by just about 13,000 votes. Is it known how many provisional ballots there are in Michigan that might tip the state to Hillary?
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Where can I do my own analysis of exit poll data?

All the media sites do their own rollups of the exit poll data, but the dimensions they pick are static. Is there any site where I can pivot on my own sets of dimensions? E.g. I see married men went ...
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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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Whom are people voting for in US primaries?

I quite don't understand whom are people voting for in the primaries. Do they vote for candidates themselves or for delegates? If I understand it correctly, people vote for candidate and the winner of ...
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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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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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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 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 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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Historically how often has the losing candidate decided not to come out on election night to make a statement?

Hillary Clinton appears to have lost the 2016 Presidential election and already before the results have been announced, Hillary Clinton's campaign has announced that she will not be coming out to make ...
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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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What is the exact process for counting my presidential election ballot?

I'd like to know exactly to they process presidential election ballots? From the time I submit to the time it's in the database. I'd like to know the exact process, whether or not they are scanned ...
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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 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 ...