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Can the effect of US voter ID and registration laws on fraud be compared state-to-state?

From what an outsider can understand of the contentious voter id and registration debates in the USA these are the arguments: Democrats: "Voter ID and registration laws are just another tool to ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

As mentioned here and here a commonly listed argument regarding voter ID's is the decreased ownership and/or difficulty in obtaining among the poor, people of color, and elderly. A similar question ...
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What are the risks involved with linking Voter Card with Aadhaar for Indians?

With the passing of THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2021 in Rajya Sabha on Dec 21, 2021, the new sub-sections were added in section 23 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, according to ...
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What is the meaning of "political affiliation" when you register to vote? [duplicate]

When you register to vote, one of the boxes you have to check is one for "party affiliation". What is the meaning of "party affiliation"? Does it mean that one is "locked"...
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How variable are US voter registration and voting rules among US states and how do those compare with international norms?

How different are the rules for registration and voting in different states, (specifically the rules on early voting and the rules on access to polling places during voting), and how do those ...
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Question on Access to Voter Lists on a State by State Basis [duplicate]

In the United States, who (individual, group of individuals, political party) has access to state voter lists that indicate whether or not the given registered voters had voted in (i) the last general ...
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Did Trump vote illegally?

This may be reaching, and may be inappropriate to Politics, but here goes: Trump "officially" moved from Trump Tower New York to Mar-A-Lago and therefore cast his vote in the Nov 3rd ...
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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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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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Why do Appalachian areas have plenty of registered Democrats?

Many predominantly white and rural areas in Appalachia have more registered Democrats than Republicans. But they overwhelmingly vote Republican. Why do people there not change their registrations to ...
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When voting for US president are signatures always compared by a volunteer to previous signature on record? Is there any training for this?

updates: Politico 2020-10-23 Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ballots can’t be rejected based on signature comparisons Los Angeles Times 2020-10-28 ‘Ripe for error’: Ballot signature verification is ...
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Voter registration total in California by party?

I am wondering what the total voter registration is in California. I want to know because I am curious about what it is and what it was. I would like to know what the trend in registration was over ...
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Quantifiation of the actual impact of purging of registration rolls on US elections

Eligibility to vote in the US is affected by two federal laws, NVRA and HAVA. Under NVRA, voters can be purged from the rolls under a variety of complicated criteria and processes, with the law ...
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How could people in Texas erroneously vote when they were ineligible?

There are people in Texas who were ineligible to vote but erroneously voted and therefore were jailed for voter fraud: You’re right, there are really strict punitive criminal measures to try to ...
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Do any countries automatically register eligible voters?

In India, the Constitution provides for universal adult suffrage. Citizens aged 18 years or above subject to certain other eligibility conditions can get their names included in the electoral list. ...
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How long do you have to live somewhere to register to vote? (UK)

Assuming I'm entirely in the UK here, totally UK resident, British citizen, etc... If I were to start renting a flat somewhere, would I be allowed to register to vote in that flat's constituency ...
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Is the UK unusual in not requiring identification to vote?

When one votes in the UK, all that is asked of you at the polling station is your name and address, which is then checked against a list to ensure that you are registered and eligible to vote. There ...
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When I register for voting in Massachusets with a telephone number on the "Do Not Call" registry, do I have to check the "unlisted phone number" box?

Background In March 2003, the Do Not Call registry was signed into law by president George W. Bush. This law allowed the FTC to create a voluntary registry of phone numbers whereby some entities ...
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In Pennsylvania, are there legal limits to how often you can switch political parties?

In the state of Pennsylvania, is it permissible to routinely change political parties, independent of a change or lack-thereof to one's permanent political views? For example, one may wish to switch ...
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Is there any constituency where the right to vote is based on knowledge? [duplicate]

Yes, a somewhat similar question was asked 2 years ago... Issue-Specific Knowledge Tests For Voting Let's give it another spin. Is there a place -- whether it is a country, city or even an ...
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As a dual EU citizen, which country should I vote in for european elections?

I am a dual EU citizen (which countries is irrelevant here, but both full EU members) and am wondering which of my two countries I should register to vote in for the next European Parliament Elections,...
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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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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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How to change states in US voting registration

If I am changing the state I am registered to vote in, do I need to somehow “unregister” in my old state? I confirmed that my registration is valid in my old state. My new state’s registration form ...
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Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US?

Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US? I voted for the presidential elections in 2016, do I need to register to vote for ...
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In Massachusetts, can I vote third party if I register as a Republican?

I am currently working on registering to vote, however, I want to know if registering as a Republican will force me to vote for Charlie Baker for Massachusetts Governor. I do not like Charlie Baker ...
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Demographic with greatest difficulty in maintaining current US Voter ID?

In the US, for persons eligible, the relative costs or feasibility of obtaining, (or if necessary, maintaining), some current valid form of Voter ID varies by situation or condition. Particularly ...
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How can a political campaign obtain my personal data? [closed]

A campaign volunteer contacted me about my voting choices for this November election... which wouldn’t be noteworthy hadn’t he addressed me by my wife’s name. When I asked about how they had ...
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What could be done to US states that openly allow non-citizens to vote?

I saw this question about what states that don't use voter ID do to ensure non-citizens don't vote, and the answer seems to be little, if anything. Given the current political climate (where some ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states? [duplicate]

Let's say a non-US citizen (legal or illegal immigrant) is resident in the US and has a valid postal address in a state without "Voter ID" laws. Would anything prevent such a person from registering ...
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What information do US voter registration rolls contain?

It has been reported that Russia penetrated US voter registration rolls. From what I understand, the databases only contain information on who is registered to vote, and it seems that Russia only ...
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Estimates of the number who were incorrectly purged from Florida's list of eligible voters in 2000

In 2000, many voters were incorrectly removed from Florida's list of eligible voters. (Notoriously, if you happened to have a name that was similar to a convicted felon's, there was a good chance you'...
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If I registered to vote in the nov 2016 elections, will I also be registered to vote in proceeding special elections?

A Kansas Representative was recently pulled into the Trump team and handed his resignation in. We'll have a special election on April 11th for a replacement. Does my voter registration still count, or ...
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In general elections, what percent of registered party voters defect, on average?

Only registered Democrats vote in Democratic primaries to select Democrat candidates. Only registered Republicans vote in Republican primaries to select Republican candidates. And so forth for other ...
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Why register a party affiliation in a state with open primaries?

I'm a registered Democrat in Massachusetts, a state with semi-open primaries such that registered voters can only vote in their party's primary, but unaffiliated voters can vote in any primary. I'm ...
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Who can, in the US, challenge the registration of a voter?

According to this article, many (predominantly black) voters were purged of the right to vote after mail delivered to their adress bounced, with the NAACP suing against this : The lawsuit charges ...
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Can Spider-Man legally register to vote (without revealing his identity) like he did in this PSA?

In the 90s, there was a PSA where Spider-Man tells people to register to vote (at their local video store, strangely enough): At one point, Spider-Man signs his name on a voter registration form not ...
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Voter registration fraud: how is citizenship checked?

This question is motivated by the recent discussions about "voter fraud" and "rigged election" in the media. I am not asking about the extent of actual voter fraud, but about how ...
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Where should I register to vote?

I am not sure what state to register to vote in, as I am 21 and this is the first election I can vote in. Here is my situation: I have a Florida driver's license. My family moved to New Jersey this ...
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Why can't I register with multiple political parties?

Why can't I register with multiple political parties (at the same time)? I've searched the web, read forums, sent emails, made phone calls, and I cannot find a satisfactory answer to this question. ...
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Did any jurisdiction ever restrict franchise purely by IQ?

As we all know, 100% universal franchise is fiction - in every country, no matter how democratic, SOME people are excluded from franchise (felons, under-18-year-olds, foreign nationals, etc...). Was ...
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Does it cost $25 to obtain a "free" Voter ID in any state?

This article at pbs.org seems to indicate that getting a free Voter ID in a state can cost as much as $25. Voting law advocates contend these laws disproportionately affect elderly, minority and ...
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