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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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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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Multiple/ Changing running mate in US presidential election

Would a presidential candidate be able to change his/her running mate after ballot papers have been printed? For example, Independent Candidate Evan McMullin placed "Nathan Johnson" from California ...
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Why has Trump completed erased Clinton's lead in Ohio?

Recently, after Clinton's debate bounce, she has overtaken or increased her lead in various swing states, such as Florida, Nevada and North Carolina. However, it seems like Trump continues to lead in ...
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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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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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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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How Are Moderators for US Presidential Debates Chosen?

How are moderators for U.S. presidential debates chosen? The first debate of this election cycle is currently live, and the moderator is Lester Holt - a journalist for NBC. Is in normal for ...
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What is the preferred position on stage for a debate?

According to CNN: "Due to the results of a coin toss, Clinton will stand stage left (on the audience's right) and Trump will stand stage right (on the audience's left)." Who won the toss? My first ...
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In two-round system, how common is that the two remaining candidates have more votes than all candidates (including both of them) on first round?

As this answer exemplifies, in the Brazilian 2014 Presidential Election, the sum of the votes of the remaining two candidates in the second round (~105.5 million) exceeds the sum of their's plus the ...
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Can Gary Johnson or Jill Stein possibly participate in the second or third debates?

No third party candidate met the 15% polling threshold to participate in the 1st debate. If Johnson's or Stein's polling results improve before the 2nd or 3rd debates can they participate? What are ...
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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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Why are there state and local issues on a ballot on U.S. presidential election day?

Why are there state and local issues on a ballot when Americans go to vote for their next president? For example, Hawaii has this measure regarding jury trials in civil cases on the ballot for ...
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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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Can US voters prevent major presidential candidates from winning by voting for a non-existing write-in candidate?

If there were a very successful online movement to prevent either major party candidate from winning, would the following scenario be possible? To express disdain for the current major party ...
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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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FiveThirtyEight: Polls Only vs Now Cast

Here are the latest forecast probabilities on FiveThirtyEight. FiveThirtyEight Clinton Trump --------------- ------- ----- Polls Only 51.0 49.0 Now Cast 56.8 ...
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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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What if the Presidency is to be decided by the US House, but the House refuses?

If the electoral college fails to select a majority candidate for President, the US House decides who becomes President, voting by state blocks. But what if the House simply... doesn't? If the Senate ...
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How do the Iowa caucuses differ from other elections in voter behavior?

The Iowa caucuses are of course different than other primaries and elections. Democratic ballots are not secret. However, the time costs are greater. A lot of research on voter participation mentions ...
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Why are US national party conventions important to electoral politics?

Are national party conventions in the United States important to electoral politics because they empower party leaders or because they control who delegates vote for? Or is there a different reason?
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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. ...