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NYC early vote statistics by party registration?

I have researched NYC's procedures for early voting. I learned that the NYC Board of Elections tweets out early voting statistics by borough. New York State, and therefore New York City, has party ...
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How do we know U.S. elections are free and fair with accurate counting of the popular votes?

People speculate that votes are not properly counted -- even in the U.S. Have Gallup polls or well-respected independent entities tried to confirm U.S. election outcomes? Update on 10/13/18: ...
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Is Baltimore unfair to Republican voters?

K Dog commented: You should see what Baltimore has done to exclude GOP voters What, if anything, has Baltimore done to exclude Republican voters? If the exclusion involves gerrymandering please ...
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Does a vice president retain their tie breaking vote in the Senate during an impeachment trial if it is the vice president being impeached?

If the vice president is the subject of an impeachment, does the vice president have a vote in the Senate trial of which they are the subject? Note: The constitution only mandates that the chief ...
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USMCA vs NAFTA, what's different?

Breaking news: "Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,&...
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Politico's "Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash..." A salient issue and an exceptional pattern of donations, or just cherry picking of statistics? [closed]

Politico's October 15, 2021 Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash amid reconciliation negotiations begins Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) raised more campaign money in the last three months than in ...
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Why do poor people vote republican? [closed]

In the U.S, why do some poor people vote republican, even though the party is portrayed as representing the rich and big businesses?
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Why have Biden's approval polls consistently been dropping since August?

Since around the start of August, President Biden's approval began to tank. According to 538, Biden's approval is currently at 43.8%. They recently wrote an article about how his approval is dropping ...
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What is the difference between funds being "authorized" and funds being "appropriated" in the IIJA?

I'm currently trying to understand H.R.3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) but there are a few things don't understand. Authorization vs. Appropriation As far as I understand, ...
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NYC general election mayor polls: have any been released in 2021?

I have been wondering about the NYC mayor election. I paid a lot of attention to this primary, which had one of the highest turnouts out of any NYC Democratic primary. However, now that the candidates ...
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Why do Republicans do relatively well with Asian Americans despite distinct ideological and non-racial demographic disdvantages?

On many issues from climate change to gun control, Asian Americans are the most likely to take left wing positions. In addition compred with the rest of the population, they are less religious, more ...
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How can we find representatives from specific cities?

I would like to know U.S. House of Representatives from Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles in 1980. I know districts and city boundaries do not overlap, but is there any way to know them?
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How does one buy a burnable American flag in Tehran?

Since 1978 I've seen footage of people in Tehran burning American flags, and as far as I can tell each time it's completely destroyed, meaning that they have to get a new American flag to burn each ...
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Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill (IIJA) [closed]

I'm currently trying to understand H.R.3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) but there are a few things I don't understand: The price tag: People are referring to the bill as the $1....
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Can the results of a primary be ignored at the convention?

Suppose a prospective candidate for US President goes through the entire primary process and easily obtains enough pledged delegates to win their party's nomination in the first round of convention ...
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Can I vote for candidates from a different district in the New Jersey Democratic primaries?

New Jersey is having Democratic primary voting tomorrow. Can I only vote for the candidates that live in my district? For example, if I live in District 1, can I only vote for candidates in District ...
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New Jersey early voting statistics 2021

I typed "2021 early vote New Jersey statistics" into my search engine. I could not find any relevant results. Are there publicly available statistics on early voting in the 2021 New Jersey ...
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Why did Trump in 2016 win all 50 delegates in South Carolina?

Why did Trump win all 50 delegates in South Carolina? I understood that none of the primaries so far were winner takes all, and yet Trump took all 50 delegates with around 35% of the vote. How? ...
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What were the chances in April 2016 of Trump winning GOP given the Colorado defeat? [closed]

What are the chances of Trump winning GOP given the Colorado defeat . I am looking the total math - in and out for the remaining states. Right now Trump still has majority and has come to about 90 % ...
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How long has populism been associated with the Republican Party [closed]

Donald Trump has been described as a populist, yet he imposes high tariffs on China. He has gained bipartisan support for this, but there are Republicans who do disagree. Populists, from what I've ...
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Is running a fake campaign to siphon votes legal?

Let's say you want run for office as an independent candidate in a congressional or state legislative district that is expected to be a close election. You run a quiet campaign for the purpose of ...
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In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal?

In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal and progressive, or is this merely a perception? If yes, is this true in general, or only for certain disciplines? Are there any ...
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What do some Iranians mean when they say "Death to America!"?

I was watching an old Anthony Bourdain show and I saw local Iranians in Tehran chanting "Death to America!" and then in the next scene saying "We need one day to be friends". Do ...
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Understanding gerrymandering in the Maryland example?

I was reading an article in the NY Times explaining the math behind gerrymandering. They used the Maryland 6th District as an example, that had 26k wasted votes and all 133k republican wasted votes. ...
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How does the argument go that gerrymandering restricts freedom of association?

According to a the Washington Post's The Supreme Court will examine partisan gerrymandering in 2017. That could change the voting map.: One thing that distinguished Whitford from the many previous ...
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Why do Democrats make a big deal about new voting restrictions if research suggests they may backfire? [closed]

In previous elections, Democrats such as Stacey Abrams publicly said that the election system was being rigged against them by certain laws. While they put together a persuasive case, there is also ...
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Where is the process for Presidential Impeachment codified?

The US Constitution Article 2, Section 4, states: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, ...
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How can citizens learn more about the origin & current process of gerrymandering in the U.S. political system?

I'm looking for educational resources that I can share with others in an effort to engage more citizens in how our election system actually works. Why does gerrymandering exist, and how does it ...
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Is there any reason to vote against the predominant majority?

Let us take the example of voting in a U.S. presidential election. If one lives in a blue state for which the outcome of the vote is known to always favor the Democratic candidate, is there any reason ...
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Which Democratic Presidential candidates favored making illegal entry only a civil violation?

Under Federal law, illegal entry into the United States is both a criminal violation and a civil violation. But historically, most people caught crossing the border illegally were not criminally ...
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Effect of Fair Representation Act

The Fair Representation Act was recently introduced by House Member Don Bayer. The main changes that I've read about were that it would introduce instant-runoff style ranked choice voting and that it ...
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Do candidates with Hispanic/Asian sounding surnames get extra Democratic support in low-information non-partisan state/local US elections?

It is well known that there are partisan differences in different racial groups in the United States. There are also smaller differences in how men and women tend to vote. White Americans favor ...
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Warren vs Biden in the polls: how sudden was the change?

It's been pointed out to me (hat tip to dolphin_of_france) that some recent polling puts Warren ahead of Biden in the Democratic primary voting intention. How sudden was this change? How much [of this]...
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Does gerrymandering not affect elections for US Senators?

Gerrymandering is a problem; a Representative could have their voter base diluted across neighboring districts at the whim of the controlling party. But Senate elections are statewide, and states don'...
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US government arguing for A death sentence while arguing against THE death sentence; does US Supreme Court Justice Barrett have a point?

ABC News's Justices divide sharply on reinstating Boston Marathon bomber death sentence begins: Reciting the gruesome details of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath, an ...
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Does gerrymandering risk tidal wave reversal?

The voting population of gerrymandered districts is distributed so as to provide "safe" margins of victory in many districts while "wasting" opposition votes concentrated in a few districts. What ...
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Why does US law allow for a speaker that is not elected? [closed]

The question is based on an article from NPR which states that "there's no requirement that the speaker has to be an elected representative." Part of my question was not answered in the ...
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Is it possible for a sitting Senator to be Speaker of the House?

In the United States a person doesn't actually need to be a member of the House of Representatives to be the Speaker of the House. I'm wondering if it is legal (i.e. constitutional) for a sitting ...
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COVID-19: Why did the J & J vaccine disappeared in the U.S? [closed]

Update: My significant other finally was able to get the J&J vaccine on October 15th, which is at least a partial answer here. But in discussing it with a pharmacist, who had told me that they had ...
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Non Elected House Speaker [duplicate]

This question is related to this article from NPR. The article states that "there's no requirement the speaker has to be an elected representative." This is referring to to US House. The ...
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What are the legal requirements to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives?

The Speaker of the House in the US is not legally required to be an elected member of the House. For example, recently Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) suggested Colin Powell for the role. Given that, are there ...
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What is the difference between Electoral College and Electoral District?

I've been writing a paper about Gerrymandering, but whilst reading about Electoral Districts, I started to wonder. Isn't it the same as the electoral Colleges?
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Have Congressional Democrats asked the IG to investigate Barr’s actions?

Over the past four years, Congressional Republicans have asked the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice to investigate a number of issues related to conduct by DOJ officials: Attorney ...
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Is there a publicly available definition of current congressional districts?

For example: I live in the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts. The boundaries of my district are pretty straightforward, except in the case of the city of Fall River, where the boundary line ...
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Who are the prototypical modern-day slaves in the USA, according to Walk Free?

Walk Free's Global Slavery Index estimates there were 403,000 modern day slaves in the USA (in 2018), but that puts the USA in fairly good position per capita [in the Americas] with only 1.3 slaves ...
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How come Gerrymandering is still legal?

I just came across a post on tumblr including some congressional district borders. How come state courts do not outright throw this out through the window for not following the compactness rule? I ...
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Is the US developing an informal form of party discipline? [closed]

In US elections, candidates are elected individually. However, most recent elections track closely with each other in terms of partisan vote choice. The reason this is relevant is in the past, there ...
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Legality of "seat sharing" in congressional districts

Define a "shared" congressional district system to be one where in any district the top two candidates are elected and each get a fractional vote in Congress according to their share of the ...
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Why doesn't the US have party discipline?

Two Senators are refusing to vote for Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, so I was wondering why the U.S does not have a party discipline system. As the name suggests, if a majority of people in a party ...
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Should mailed ballots that are received AFTER deadlines be counted? (US) [closed]

I believe that all US states have statutory requirements for election ballots for to be submitted in a timely fashion to be eligible to be counted. These statutory requirements are published and ...

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