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What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election?

What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election? I have looked in many places online and could not find them (if they were published)
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Why was the mail-in ballot rejection rate (seemingly) 100% according to ABC News in two counties in Texas in 2016?

ABC has a fairly detailed analysis of mail-in ballot rejection rated in the 2016 and 2018 elections. A couple of Texas counties stand out on the map they show as having 100% rejection rate, namely Val ...
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Can I Vote Via Absentee Ballot in the 2022 Georgia Run-Off Election?

The senate race between Raphael Warnock and Hershel Walker is projected to go to a run-off election, to be held sometime in December. I did not vote in yesterday's election. I am eligible to vote in ...
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Georgia absentee request data 2022 general election?

Absentee ballot requests began in Georgia on August 22. Is there currently publicly available data on how many Georgia voters requested absentee ballots and if so can it be broken down by county?
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What if my mail-in ballot is thrown out by a Post Office employee after it was cast?

One thing that was on my mind is the theoretical potential for mail-in ballots to be discarded between being cast and received by election officials. Though this is obviously illegal (it would be ...
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Have any of the eleven Pennsylvania lawmakers who passed a mail-in voting law & are now suing to invalidate it explained why they changed their mind?

Go Erie's GOP state lawmakers file lawsuit to have mail-in voting tossed out. Who is suing begins: In the latest attack on Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting option, 14 Republican state House members ...
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Does the PA Supreme Court ruling disenfranchise some voters on a trivial technicality? [closed]

According to NBCnews et al, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that ballots that are returned (by mail) without the "secrecy envelope" are to be rejected. Public officials (for example: ...
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Would the US postal service be open on election day were election day made a legal public holiday?

The For the People Act is a voting rights bill currently under debate in the U.S. Senate. Two of its provisions include expanding voting by mail, and making election day a national holiday. These ...
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Why did postal voting favour Joe Biden so much?

In the recent US presidential election, there were several states which looked almost certain wins for Donald Trump until the postal votes were counted, after which there was a huge swing towards Joe ...
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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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Is there any mechanism in USA to prevent someone from voting by mail AND in person?

Theoretically speaking, there are mechanisms that prevent someone from voting twice (you are only allocated to vote to one polling place based on your residence address, and that polling place has a ...
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Why haven't any Republican-controlled states moved to ban or severely restrict mail in voting? [closed]

In the lead up and after the 2020 presidential election, it was clear that voting by mail had a clear divide, mostly driven by Donald Trump's demonization of the process as well as other Republicans. ...
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How many mail-in votes were disqualified for failing the signature match test at the US presidential elections in 2020?

According to an article published by The Atlantic in late October: A political scientist at Carroll College, working on behalf of plaintiffs challenging Ohio’s signature-matching law, found that 97 ...
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Why is the USPS not privately operated?

Currently, there is a lot of discussion in my home country (Brazil) about privatization of the postal service, so, of course, the United States comes to mind for comparison: It is a country of ...
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What was the postal voting turnout in the US in the federal elections prior to 2020?

What proportion of US voters used postal voting in the 2018 federal elections? If possible, what was the corresponding figure for the previous few elections, in 2016 and earlier?
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What is a common failure rate in postal voting?

According to reporting by Omroep West, a postal voting trial in The Hague failed with over half of the ballots ruled invalid. The trial is an experiment for the upcoming general election in the ...
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Why do some states forbid pre-counting mail ballots?

According to a handy map by CNN, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Alabama do not allow pre-counting of mail ballots. Why is this the case? Why not count mail ballots as soon as possible to ...
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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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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 are Democrats more likely to vote by mail than Republicans?

What reason explains why Democrats are more likely to mail in their ballots?
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Why were the US mail-in ballots implemented the way they were, with such a late mailing deadline?

Mail-in ballots are a good idea, especially in COVID times, but the current implementation in the US seems so obviously wrong. Specifically, allowing ballots to be mailed on the final day guarantees ...
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On which basis could votes by mail be stopped being counted?

We do not have vote by mail in France since 1975 and I do not have a clear understanding of how it works in the US - but from what I read the time validity of such a vote is decided upon the post ...
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During a US election, are mailed-in votes counted first, second or there is no order?

Is there a specific order for which ballots are counted first, or are mailed-in ballots and in-person ballots counted in different locations and therefore are done at the same time?
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Is there any new evidence that mail-in balloting is "fraudulent in many cases"?

Donald Trump (4/7/2020):"Mail ballots are a very dangerous thing for this country, because they're cheaters. They're fraudulent in many cases."NPR and others I'm looking for actual numbers, How many ...
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Are there any official statistics on average rejected/missing/lost ballots by mail?

Some time ago, Washington Post presented an article about flaws of mail voting. Another article tells about "tens of thousands" such ballots. And that caused me to ask this question: Is ...
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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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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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What happens if not all ballots cast by mail arrive in time to be counted for the November elections?

I know this is a worst-case scenario, but the fact is that these three issues will happen concurrently during election season: Louis Dejoy, the new postmaster general and a major donor of Trump, has ...
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Would mail-in voting disproportionately help Republicans?

I would expect that restricting voting to mail-in votes would result in larger proportions of older, more established voters voting compared to younger, less organized voters, some of whom do not even ...
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Why did the mail in ballots in NY-16 tend to go to Engel? [closed]

Somebody asked why the late ballots tended to be Democratic in most states. The answer was that they are usually from urban areas and that they take longer to count because of population density. ...
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What fact-based arguments exist that mail-in voting would lead to significantly higher instances of US voter fraud?

There seems to be a consensus among prominent news sources that mail-in voting does not significantly increase the likelihood of fraud. The BBC: "A voter fraud database collated by Arizona State ...
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Voting for 2020 presidential election during out of state move [closed]

I imagine that I will be moving states before the 2020 Election Day, and I don’t want to do a mail in ballot, just because I think there’s going to be a lot of BS around that this year. If I’m a tax ...
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Is there a higher incidence of electoral fraud in states that use all-mail voting?

Currently Oregon, Washington and Colorado use all-mail voting, with Hawaii set to join them in 2020. Is there a higher incidence of election fraud in these States compared to US States that lack no-...
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Why don't all States switch to all postal voting?

Currently four states: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington run all their elections exclusively by mail. This seems to have the significant advantage of allowing people to vote at any time they ...
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Vote coercion in U.S.A

Rebecca Solnit wrote a provocative article describing husbands that "bully, silence and control" the votes of their wives in the United States. She musters anecdotes of Republican men preventing their ...
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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 ...