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Why is the US still heavily relying on cash bails?

According to this article there seem to be serious downsides to heavily usage of money (cash) bails (emphasis mine): In effect, the cash bail system criminalizes poverty, as people who are unable to ...
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COVID-19 Vaccine: State Distribution plans versus Federal Distribution Plans

HHS 10/16/2020 To meet the Trump Administration's Operation Warp Speed (OWS) goals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense today announced agreements with ...
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What does the gray gap in the NV election site bar means?

The official Nevada (Clark county) site shows the ballot count results and has a bar with Red and Blue percents, as well as a gray gao between them. What does this gray bar means? Is it the remaining ...
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Do swing states in the US count their votes faster due to external pressure?

On a related question Why do California and New York need so much time to count their votes compared to other states? Arcanist Lupus left the following comment: Critically, on a macro scale nobody ...
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What is the total cost of the administration of the US 2020 presidential election?

The US 2020 presidential election seems to be a costly enterprise to the taxpayers. What is the total cost of the administration of the US 2020 presidential election?
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Doesn't the 22nd amendment prevent Donald Trump from running for president again in 2024?

In multiple news articles such as ones here and here, they mention Donald Trump running for president in 2024 because it is projected Joe Biden will be president starting 2021. I thought the 22nd ...
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To what is Trump referring when he says “700,000 ballots were not allowed to be viewed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh”?

This is Trump's latest tweet: "700,000 ballots were not allowed to be viewed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh which means, based on our great Constitution, we win the State of Pennsylvania!" ...
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Can the Secretary of Defence sack Generals and appoint new ones?

In this highly controversial time, some Democrats are suggsting that Trump might use the power the military to retain power, and that this would constitute a military coup, and that Trump's ...
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What plans do the Biden-Harris administration have for helping and contributing to the African-American Community?

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been elected as President and Vice President by citizens of the United States of America and have said they have plans to help the African-American community. I am ...
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Why do the courts have the power to change the US election result?

This is a sort of sequel to this other question When the US president is declared after winning enough states for 270 electoral votes, have they definitely won? President Trump is pursuing a number of ...
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Is there objective proof that Jo Jorgensen stopped Trump winning, like a right-wing Ralph Nader?

Breitbart is pushing the theory that if Jo Jorgensen hadn't run, Trump would have won (assuming that he didn't). Is this correct? Is there objective proof that all (or enough) of her votes would ...
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Where can I find good voting data on US Congressional Districts?

For US Elections, I'm trying to find the Total Population, Voting Age Population, Registered Voters on Election Day, and the number of Ballots cast, for the years of 2020, 2018, 2016, and 2012, sorted ...
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Certification of presidential election results in battleground states [duplicate]

I have just read the Atlantic article which describes a possible constitutional crisis in the USA in aftermath of the current presidential election. Prevention of the election result certification in ...
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What does the December 8th deadline mean for the certification of the results of the Electoral College?

I have just read the Atlantic article which describes a possible constitutional crisis in the USA in aftermath of the current presidential election. Prevention of the election result certification in ...
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Why so much censorship on Trump's statements? [closed]

After the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which some people opposed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection, Hillary Clinton defended U.S. efforts to ensure that the Twitter social networking service ...
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How many ballots have been sequestered in Pennsylvania and Michigan?

By court orders, Pennsylvania and Michigan have been commanded to sequester domestic ballots that arrived at counting stations after the traditional deadlines. For the purposes of this question, it is ...
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Can a Supreme Court justice be nominated and confirmed under two different presidents?

For example, if President Trump nominated a justice on his last day in office, could that person then be confirmed by the Senate during a Biden administration?
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What states used voting equipment by Dominion Voting Systems for the 2020 election (if any)?

I heard about that "Dominion" system of electronic voting. Did any states use it during the 2020 election? And if so, which exactly?
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To what extent could the affidavits collected by the trump legal team affect election results? [duplicate]

Read the entire article here. It's too long to quote in its entirety, so I will try to give a representative sample. Is there anything here other than hearsay? If so, could it affect the results of ...
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Why is active income taxed more than passive income?

In the United States, ordinary wage income is taxed at a much higher rate than capital gains. It changes from year to year but in general the maximum bracket is 35% vs 25%. This is counter intuitive ...
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Can Trump use lawsuits to stop the electoral college from voting in order to use the House to install him as President?

Some news sources (like zeit.de, in German only, sorry) report that Trump could use a large number of lawsuits to keep the Electoral College from voting on Dec 14th. As I understand it, all legal ...
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What is the reason for the date of the Georgia runoff elections for the US Senate?

On Election Day 2020, both US Senate seats for Georgia were up for election. However, no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, and so both races go to a second round. This runoff election will ...
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Georgia doing “hand recount” of 2020 Presidential Election Ballots. Why is “hand recount” better than “computer rescan”?

My initial judgement is that a "computer rescan" would have less chance of being biased and less change of making mistakes than a "hand recount", and so the "hand recount"...
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Who “spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the [2016] election”?

Mitch McConnell, discussing the 2020 US presidential election, was quoted as follows: On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, said that Trump is "...
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Can the Secret Service be fired by the President?

Can a sitting American President hire and/or fire members of the Secret Service at his discretion? Or could the entire Secret Service be abolished or replaced if the President wanted to?
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Where is vote tally data aggregated?

Where do major news companies collect their vote tally data in US elections from? My intuition tells me that there has to be an agency of some sort that aggregates vote tally data before ...
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What are some cases of US politicians going back to more 'junior' positions?

So for the purposes of this question there is sort of a loose hierarchy of US political positions in terms of responsibility and power. Like this: State legislator < House representative < ...
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What happened to the Pennsylvania Presidential vote count at 9:14 on election night?

This is an excerpt of data scraped from the New York Times election tracking website. At line 5969, the vote count suddenly drops by 340k votes, then at line 5972 it drops again by 114k votes, then at ...
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Could Senator Harris ask for a briefing from Cabinet members?

Location: USA At this moment, it is widely reported that the curent president has ordered cabinet secretaries and executive department heads to not participate in any transition activities with the ...
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Why do California and New York need so much time to count their votes compared to other states?

As per the New York Times, California has only counted 89% of the votes so far and New York has counted 84%, even though its now been nearly a full week since the election has been concluded. Almost ...
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What is the source that the media outlets use for reporting the counted votes and % reporting?

All the major media outlets have a nice interactive map that shows the total counted votes and the percent of the total reported votes. What is the source for this data? Is it accessible to the public?...
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Is the vote count in each US state relevant after the Electoral College vote?

Some are speculating that President Trump will fight the vote count in court all the way until January 20th, when the next-term President (presumably Biden) is sworn in. But the Electoral College ...
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Why haven't Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia been called a week after the election?

Looking at the New York Times election map, one can see that Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina have not been called yet for Trump or Biden despite having counted nearly every vote by now. Alaska ...
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Does US' foreign policy depend upon the party or does it have a special board that recommends it what is best irrespective of the ruling party?

I have learned that Iran sanctions are not new but was intensified (maybe/maybe not for good) by Prez Trump's administration. Relations with China too was with ups and downs if we see it historically. ...
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When are absentee ballots typically rejected?

I'd been reading a bit about the absentee ballots that were rejected in my home state of Wisconsin. I was wondering, if they'd rejected upwards of 23,000 ballots in the April 2020 election, could the ...
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Could President Obama Legally Serve in President Biden's Cabinet? [duplicate]

Could President Obama legally serve in President Biden's Cabinet? I understand that President Obama may not serve as President ever again, but could he serve in another President's Cabinet?
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What's the red, white and blue (with stars) banner that Trump was using on the stage in his election campaign?

During election campaign rallys, Trump was always on stages decorated with a red-white-blue-white-red banner with white stars on the blue part. I of course know that's the US colors and the stars are ...
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Is the 25th amendment a viable remedy against a rogue lame duck president?

Given that Donald Trump has not been willing to concede, and appears willing to actively impair the process of an orderly transition of power, would the 25th amendment be a viable remedy? Could it be ...
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What accounts for the Republican shift in Appalachia?

I was reading through county level swings in presidential elections. I found one area that has been consistently trending Republican: Appalachia and some (other) rural areas in the eastern half of the ...
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How are U.S. states allowed to put marijuana legalization on ballots when it's against federal law?

Five states will now legalize marijuana for both recreational and medical use. During the November elections, A majority of New Jersey and Arizona residents voted yes on ballot measures to make ...
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Where can I find data on US party affiliations, broken down geographically?

Where can I find data on US party affiliations, broken down geographically? I'd like to do some statistical analysis on party affiliations within states, broken down geographically. Here's the kicker: ...
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What is the specific mechanism of voting done by the electoral college?

When the electoral college meets to vote on the next president, how does this vote take place? Do the members fill out a ballot privately; with those ballots then collected and counted? Or are the the ...
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Why did Maine vote to re-elect Republican Senator Susan Collins? [closed]

In the 2020 election, the majority of voters in Maine voted for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Wouldn't Biden supporters want to make it easier for him to enact his policies by having ...
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Correlation between 538's urbanization index and vote margin 2020?

538 did an article about the urban-rural divide. It said that in 2016, the correlation between urbanization and Dem voting was 0.69 in 2016 and 0.55 in 2012. (There was one big exception: Vermont.) ...
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What happens if the would be president elect dies before the race is called? [duplicate]

This isn't specific to the recent election, but I will use the names Biden and Trump to explain myself more clearly. Assuming nothing changes with the current outcome of the election (eg. Biden is ...
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Is it possible to vote multiple times in a US presidential election i.e. in more than one state?

It has been reported that the Trump campaign has announced a Nevada lawsuit over non-resident voters alleging inter alia that a significant number of Nevada voters were resident outside the state, and ...
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Does a mail-in ballot stay valid if the voter died between mailing it validly and the election date?

In the U.S. some (all?) states allow mail-in ballots. Let's imagine the case of someone who is well informed of their state laws on mail-in ballots and did all the procedures to be able to send it. ...
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Why has the state of Arizona taken so long to return results in the 2020 US Presidential Election?

Despite an early call by the Associated Press and Fox News, Arizona was generally considered one of the last uncertain states after the 2020 presidential election. In fact, still as of Sunday night, ...
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If every legal challenge that Trump has mounted since the election succeeds, could he win the presidency?

I am not certain of exactly which legal cases he has launched, but let us imagine that all of them (recounts, discarding votes, etc.) are decided in his favo(u)r, exactly as he wishes. In that case, ...
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Why are there run-off elections in Georgia this year?

I was surprised to hear that run-off elections were to take place in Georgia. Presumably this is part of a system of "proportional representation", whereby in circumstances where there are ...