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Questions tagged [united-states]

Questions relating to the government or the politics of the United States of America

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What impact will keeping the Senate but losing the House have on Trump's ability to implement his agenda?

In the 2018 mid-term election, the Republicans lost the house but appear to have increased their majority in the Senate. Will that give President Trump more power to implement his agenda (...
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Why are some precincts so slow to report after an election?

After every US election, in seemingly every state, there are a handful of precincts that are very slow to report. Sometimes they are several hours or even days behind the majority of precincts in ...
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Where are detailed results of New York State elections available?

Where can I find published the official election results for New York State (USA)? We just had an election which included many NY State offices (as well as federal US) but their results are very hard ...
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What does Farrakhan mean by “false Jews”?

In a speech of his, Farrakhan referenced "false Jews": These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral ...
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What does it actually mean for the Republicans to have lost the House of Representatives?

As a non-US person, (German) radio told me the Democrats would now be able to force Trump to publish his tax return and prevent him from funding his wall. That's probably a nice little "haha" for us ...
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What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?

The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for ...
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On the Washington Times election page, why does Wyoming's icon have no stars? [closed]

On the Washington Times election page there is a "State Tracker" panel with links to each state's results: Each icon has a motif comprising blue and red fields with white stars on the blue field. I ...
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What is the difference between a special polling location and a general polling location?

This was asked by a friend of mine, and he wanted to know the answer. Upon searching for his polling location, he was given a special polling precinct and a general polling precinct, which were two ...
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Oklahoma: Can I still vote in person if I received an absentee ballot but did not return it?

I signed up to receive a absentee ballots near the beginning of the year. You have the choice to receive them for one election date or all dates that year, and I selected all dates. I've since moved ...
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If voting machine fraud is a potential issue in the USA, why are paper ballots never a solution? [duplicate]

I keep hearing about potential cases of voter fraud in American elections, and most of the times I hear about that, vote machine hacking comes up. Voting machines also have the disadvantage of not ...
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How does a provisional ballot protect vote anonymity?

Whenever a US election approaches, I hear about the existence of provisional ballots: a provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter's eligibility that ...
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Does President Trump's sister still draw a federal salary?

Maryanne Trump Barry was appointed as a federal judge to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1983, and elevated to its appeals court in 1999. She took senior status in 2011 and ...
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If a law is found to be unconstitutional; can an amendment to the state constitution matter?

In the general sense, let's say a state law is passed, and the courts decide that the law is unconstitutional because the United States constitution prohibits such laws. Can a state amend its own ...
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Why is the consensus that the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms?

I have seen numerous reports that describe how the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms. Where does this confidence spring from?
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What would be the effect of a change in the US Senate?

The 2018 midterms seem likely to flip the US House of Representatives from a Republican to a Democratic majority. This change would impact the Trump/Republican agenda. Apparently much less likely, the ...
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Term for the trend where a political party does worse in State elections when holding power Federally

In Australia it's well-known (see, for example, here) that a party that holds power at Federal level will - all other things being equal - tend to hold a disadvantage in State elections. Similarly, ...
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How do I find out what political party a state Supreme Court justice is affiliated with when it's hidden from public

Judges hide their political party affiliations from voters when running for election in WA State Supreme Court Justice positions. I know they're not supposed to be partisan, but much of their work is ...
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Obscure vote by mail clause in FL law

The following FL 2018 statute detail seems puzzling: 3. A vote-by-mail ballot is not considered illegal if the signature of the elector does not cross the seal of the mailing envelope. Does this ...
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How much of Trump's border wall has been completed so far?

Has anyone got any figures for how much of the Great Wall of Trump has actually been constructed at this point, 3rd November 2018, a few days before the mid-term elections? I'm not interested in ...
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How do I check my vote?

I early voted at a library in Irving, TX. I touched a straight Democratic ticket. The machine went straight to Republican. I called the attendant and she reset the machine so I tried again. ...
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U.S. voter turnout and political party

Does low voter turnout favor the Republican Party? Historically is there a causal relationship between turnout and political affiliation?
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Are caucuses less democratic than primaries?

The Washington State 2016 presidential election story makes the mechanism of caucuses seems less democratic than primaries. It seems the Democratic party caucuses, rather than the later popular vote ...
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Were the Framers of the United States Constitution citizens of the United States at its ratification? [closed]

The 2020 United States Census will ask respondents if they are citizens, a question that has inspired multiple law suits in an attempt to prevent the use of the question. Census Citizenship Question ...
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Can a person be elected to a Minnesota state office if there are fewer votes for them than blank votes?

On my ballot for Minnesota are a lot of state-level positions (judges, a representative, county sheriff) where the incumbent is running unopposed. If there are fewer votes for them than blank votes, ...
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Do American voters tend to vote themselves a raise?

One common objection to more democracy is that given control of government, the winning coalition will decide to pay themselves more---whether through tax cuts, public projects, subsidies, or ...
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Has the US Supreme court ever altered its own precedent on the same topic twice?

I know there have been a number of instances where the United States Supreme Court has basically 'changed its mind' and ruled in a manner counter to a previous Supreme Court ruling. The most obvious ...
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Can a political party prevent their members from running for office?

Can a political party prevent their members for running for office. For example, if a political party does not want to contest a seat for a some reason, can they forbid their members from running? I ...
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If Birthright Citizenship were to be revoked, would it be retroactive?

As an extension of this question, if Birthright Citizenship in the United States were to be revoked for the children of illegal residents, could it retroactively remove citizenship? Or could it only ...
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Is there any mechanism by which the President can revoke green cards obtained legally through employment?

In regards to current legal immigrants who obtained a green card through employment. As the status of green card holders is determined by the State Department and enforced by federal employees, does ...
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When are people born in the United States not “subject to its jurisdiction”?

The 14th amendment to the US constitution begins with this text: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States ...
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Why can't Donald Trump revoke birthright citizenship?

Recently, there has been a huge debate about revoking birthright citizenship from children born in the US to illegal alien immigrants. I read here that almost all left and right wings of the US ...
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Why are there so many Republican governors?

In the House and the Senate the balance between Republicans and Democrats, the two dominant political parties in the United States, is fairly close, but among state governors it is not even close. ...
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Why are there only 36 US states with governor elections this November?

Why are there only 36 US governor seats up for election in November 2018?
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Is the Republican party obligated to renominate Trump for Presidency in 2020?

Presuming Donald Trump wants to become nominated for a second time, is the Republican party obligated to let him do so? Or can they put forward alternative candidates that would potentially defeat ...
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What are the types of cultural diplomacy?

I believe there aren't any types, because cultural diplomacy is a part of public diplomacy but one of my teachers said that sport, for instance, is a type of cultural diplomacy. I can't find any ...
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Why are gender and race mentioned so often in politics, even though they're supposed to be irrelevant in a progressive society?

As an example, Hillary Clinton's gender was mentioned on every corner during the 2016 campaign and she was touted as the "first female candidate for President". Likewise Obama was consistently hailed ...
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In 2016, why did the GOP win the House popular vote while Clinton won the popular vote?

Is there an intuitive reason why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote amongst people voting for President, yet the GOP won the popular vote amongst people voting for their Representative in the House? ...
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Can US citizens vote in multiple primaries? [duplicate]

In the US they have a system of primary elections in which voters chose a candidate for each party, who then go to the main election. This has been criticised for increasing the polarization of US ...
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Why are people asked for their party affiliation when registering to vote in the United States?

From a recent article about the pipe bombing suspect: Sayoc’s voter registration in Florida lists him as a Republican, according to state records. He registered in March 2016. I thought this was a ...
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How do politicians get my phone number?

How do politicians get my phone number? I recently received a message from Bill Nelson telling me to vote for him in the next election. This is really weird considering I never gave him my phone ...
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Registering for a midterm election as a US citizen abroad (never-resident)

Can a US citizen who has never lived in the US, register for voting in a midterm election? If so, can this citizen pick any state for voting registration? Do any states make this process particularly ...
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Would this be considered a campaign contribution in the US?

Trying to understand how things other than direct cash donations can also be considered campaign contributions in the US, I've formulated the following scenario to explain the thing of potential value;...
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How tightly is the rural/urban population ratio correlated with a state's red/blue status?

Having lived in a few areas in the U.S., I've noticed that urban cities are often (if not always) left-leaning (blue) and rural areas are right-leaning (red). Setting aside the handful of "swing ...
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Why have three politicans in high positions resigned to become the US Ambassador to China?

From Wikipedia: [The Iowa's governor] appointment marked the third time in a decade that a politician resigned a statewide office to become the Ambassador to China; Jon Huntsman Jr. resigned as ...
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Who pays for the President's campaign trips?

Not specific to any one president or party but using Trump as the most recent example. Trump has been on the road for weeks campaigning for the Republican Party midterm elections. I've searched ...
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Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to suppress the right to vote for minorities. Are there cases where the modern Democratic party (ie post Jim Crow) is accused of suppressing the right ...
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Is the government just a utilities monopoly? [closed]

I can't see any difference between the government or a company that has monopoly over utilities. It literally draws all the power from the same source. America was founded on infrastructure tariffs. ...
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Maxine Waters “passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years”?

It is asserted here (time stamp 10:04) that My opponent [referring to Maxine Waters] only passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years. Is this true and how does an average person like me verify this ...
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If a group is labeled as a terrorist group, what rights are abridged to the group or the individuals?

In Tennessee, a bill was drafted for consideration that denounced hate and discrimination in general and "white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups" in particular. It went further to request those groups ...
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Why do the US and Russia not seem to support INF anymore?

According to Time, Donald Trump plans to withdraw US from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-...