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Quantitative estimate of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?

Has anyone made well-informed, quantitative estimates of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?
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How to establish a gender-equatable society in modern living? [closed]

I am conscious of the growing Feminism in our society and one of their striking movements is to abolish gender inequality in women's daily lives such as (Job, Interests...) I comprehended that men and ...
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Was Hawaii the only state that never voted significantly more Republican than the national average? [closed]

I have read something (I don't remember where) that said: Hawaii is the only state that never voted significantly more Republican than the nation as a whole. Its Democratic lean was more established ...
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Where to find a summary of US FONOPS in the year 2020?

Where to find a summary with dates of FONOPS (especially in the South China Sea) conducted by the United States in 2020 and ideally in recent years? Some information on previous years is contained in ...
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Why are Democrats blocking COVID-19 pandemic relief bills with the objection that it's not enough instead of passing it and then passing another?

I read an article that said that the most recent COVID-19 relief bill was not passed because Democrats didn't think it was enough. The article is here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/11/gops-coronavirus-...
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Has the Trump Administration explained why it has been withholding money from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program?

Yesterday, the New York Daily News reported that the Trump administration has been secretly withholding money from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program: The Trump administration has secretly ...
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Where On The Political Spectrum Do The Old US Political Parties Fall

I'm not a poly-sci major so I need some help to figure out a seemingly simple thing. I've been given a list of presidents and have to do some data visualizing with them. There is a list of parties, ...
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Has Biden discussed his vote to admit China into the WTO?

In this interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked about his past votes as US Senator in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and in ...
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Is GreenHaven publishing biased in its pro and con current event series?

GreenHaven Publishing has dozens of current event booklets geared toward high school students. They make great claims that they give both sides of each issue equal voice. I was wondering whether ...
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Are there any estimates how may US citizens (or residents) have traveled to the EU after the Covid-19 “travel ban” was imposed?

Politico reported in August that numerous loopholes apparently existed in the EU's (Covid-19) travel "ban" that supposedly kept out US citizens/residents. Among these loopholes were (fake) ...
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How does the government pay for large purchases?

What are the logistics of the government purchasing an aircraft carrier? ACH has a 9 digit limit for example. Do they enter 10 separate payments for a $10B aircraft carrier into Netsuite and click &...
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Could a preemptive pardon protect someone being pardoned from state prosecution? [duplicate]

I saw a video from David Pakman where he goes on an opinionated discussion about whether Trump could have Pence give him a preemptive pardon. Here is what he says: presidential pardons only protect ...
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Are Americans getting a notice when their mail vote is rejected?

When Americans vote by mail in time (the vote did not arrive too late) and their vote is rejected, are they getting a notice that their vote was rejected?
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Did it ever happen for some US votes not to get tabulated?

Donald Trump said this in 2020 On your ballots, if you get the unsolicited ballots, send it in and then go make sure it counted, and then if it doesn’t tabulate, you vote. YouTube video But did that ...
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Do black republican candidates increase Democratic turnout?

I was thinking about an interesting effect that I noticed in Mia Love's race. Out of 2018's Utah House races, her district got the most votes for a Democrat in the state of Utah. (This may not be ...
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Was US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy “approved by both parties”? To what extent can the board's voting be established as bipartisan?

In the video Trump says he would support investigation into postmaster general the US President emphasizes that the current US Postmaster General namely Louis DeJoy was "appointed by a bipartisan ...
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Are incumbent cabinet secretaries allowed to run for POTUS under 1939 Hatch Act?

From my understanding of the law, the incumbent VP is exempt and as recently as 2000 has campaigned, but other federal employees cannot "be candidates in partisan elections". That statement, ...
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Would a rational voter with a lower IQ vote differently than one with a higher IQ? [closed]

I recently came across the claim that American liberals do, on average, score higher on IQ tests than American conservatives. Being a conservative I spent some time considering how I should feel about ...
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Range of vote percentages in DC in 2012 and 2016 for president?

I want to know the range of two-party votes for the Republican presidential candidate that 95% of precincts fell in. The other 5% has slightly less or more. And, I would like to see a bar graph for ...
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How many sworn officers are in each local police department in the United States?

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports on department sizes, but it only includes the fifty largest departments. I do not believe the fifty largest departments are representative of smaller ...
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Does the American President have to publish or file pardons?

The President of the United States has a pretty much unrestricted power to pardon offenders. Are there any laws or regulations about how to grant pardons? Could the President take a sharpie and write ...
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Why do veterans skew right in the US?

I know the military is supposed to be apolitical to a certain degree. But I have found a Pew poll saying that military veterans lean right. This is more pronounced when comparing younger vets to ...
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Is it possible to gerrymander Maryland's congressional districts such that all eight lean Democratic?

I was thinking about what a gerrymandered map of Maryland's congressional districts would look like if the gerrymander tried to ensure that all eight districts would be represented by Democrats. The ...
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Is California more safely Democratic than Vermont? [closed]

I was thinking about the CA vs VT distinction again. I'm wondering if California has become more safely Democratic than Vermont. If you add up the votes for Democrats for House and Governor, ...
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What is the current US Helium recycling policy?

This rather old Nature article argues about the importance of Helium recycling due to its scarcity: (..) scientists rely on to cool superconducting magnets inside nuclear magnetic resonance ...
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What laws govern the use of nuclear weapons by the USA?

My understanding of the United States' first, second, and strategic nuclear strike capacity is that any nuclear strike must be directly approved by the President, and follow a very specific chain of ...
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Why are Democrats more consistent across generation?

I was reading an article in the Pew Research Center. It was talking about generational change. For example, it showed a large increase in Gen Z Republicans saying blacks can't get ahead of whites ...
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How many pieces of US legislation passed with a supermajority in both houses of Congress without being vetoed

To override a U.S. presidential veto requires a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of Congress. According to this Wikipedia page, this has happened 111 times. What I'm having trouble finding is: ...
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Why does the US want Indo-Pacific Nations to become something such as NATO?

I am aware of the US-China Conflict on trade and further on and I am kind of being remembered of the cold war, the battle between the US and the USSR. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) was ...
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Are there any specific reasons why President Trump has suggested that his supporters illegally vote twice in North Carolina?

Recently, the current United States President suggested that people in North Carolina vote twice in the upcoming election: once by postal vote and once in person. Apparently there are measures in ...
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Is it true that the US has stepped into foreign conflicts mostly under Democratic presidents? [closed]

I recently read about a strange trend: Since the start of the 20th century, the United States has stepped in or started conflicts involving the direct use of military force mainly under presidents ...
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What was attributed to Trump's narrower margin of victory in Texas compared to Romney?

Romney won Texas by 16 points in 2012. Trump won Texas by 9 points in 2016. Both candidates got more votes though Clinton got more of an increase. Did Clinton come closer to winning it because of ...
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Why Is The U.S. Supreme Court Reviewing So Few Cases On The Merits?

The U.S. Supreme Court in recent years has been deciding fewer cases on the merits than it has at any time since the end of the U.S. Civil War. (Source) Yet, the volume of cases eligible for its ...
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Anne Sacoolas extradition refusal - pending judicial review?

Anne Sacoolas is accused of killing Harry Dunn in a road accident in the UK and then fleeing the country to the USA to avoid prosecution under cover of diplomatic immunity. (Ref: https://en.wikipedia....
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Would D.C. statehood prevent a tie in the Electoral College?

Let's say there is a Constitutional amendment passed that makes the District of Columbia a state. Would this prevent the Electoral College vote from resulting in a tie?
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Voting record of Richard Neal

The primary was already completed for Massachusetts's 1st district, which I am interested in. I feel like he would not vote with the progressive positions. So, I just want to find out how he has voted ...
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Is Donald Trump experiencing a rally 'round the flag event? [closed]

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump's approval is up from 40% to 43%, or 3 percentage points. (His disapproval of course, is down by a similar margin.) I believe that the president could be ...
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If a prisoner runs for President — and wins, do they stay in prison while elected?

It's possible for a U.S. citizen to run for President while in prison, as with Eugene Debs. Suppose a prisoner runs and wins. Let's also suppose that the crimes in for which the prisoner is serving ...
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Is the POTUS above the law? [duplicate]

I heard Bernie Sanders say "nobody is above the law and that includes the President of the United States". I was wondering about whether or not that is factually correct, in theory and in ...
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What was the tipping point state in the 2018 House elections? [closed]

If there were a Presidential election in 2018, and everyone voted for the same party for the Presidency as they did for the House, what state would provide the 270th electoral vote for the winning ...
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Is the US Senate more powerful because it has fewer members?

Paul Weyrich once said "... leverage in the elections goes up as the voting populace goes down." This has particular relevance in the Senate. This is because the US House of Representatives ...
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What exactly is the “Trout” in this D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion? Does it suggest a political motive of a judge?

Edited to reflect why I feel this question is on-topic here. The following is excerpted from Politico's Appeals court deals setback to Flynn’s attempt to end DOJ case against him: The D.C. Circuit ...
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Could a foreign government arrest a US citizen for whatever it wants to?

I was thinking about the idea of universal jurisdiction. It was said that countries can prosecute people who commit war crimes regardless of their nationality. A famous person says something critical ...
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Has Markey discussed past votes to preserve tax-exempt status for racist colleges?

NBC affiliate WWLP said this, in discussing remarks made by Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy as part of his primary challenge of Democratic Senator Ed Markey: At a Tuesday press conference, Kennedy ...
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Is the tendency for mail-in voters to support incumbents in primary elections due to a 'red shift'?

Over the last few weeks, I have noticed something interesting in the primaries, especially in New York. I noticed a "red shift" where mail-in ballots favored the incumbent. What I mean by ...
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Which party actually caused the 2016 presidential election swing?

In the USA, registered voters are Democrat, Republican, or Independent. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump won the traditionally Democratic Rust Belt states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and ...
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What can local governments do to reform the police & policing? [closed]

Much of the oversight power for police departments and sheriff departments is with local government. For example, in Michigan, the elected officials that oversee police departments in cities are City ...
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If an undocumented immigrant refuses to reveal where they originally came from, where would they deported to?

If the person being deported refuses to reveal their country of origin or they're a Dreamer and grew up in the States, they may not even know where they originally came from. Where would they be ...
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If birthright citizenship ends in the US [closed]

I was recently discussing with my American cousins about whether President Trump could end birthright citizenship. I was wondering if he indeed does so, what would the new "US nationality law&...
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How has the US Movement for a People's Party engaged with existing parties?

Over the past several years, a "Movement for a People's Party" has gained some traction in the US. As it seems to be a popular-front-type initiative, its attitude towards existing non-...