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Best metric for comparing poll queue times?

In the 2018 Midterms, some very determined Georgians waited over four hours in line to vote. Every two years there are precincts that torment voters with long lines, but never mind how or why... I'm ...
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U.S. voter turnout and political party

Does low voter turnout favor the Republican Party? Historically is there a causal relationship between turnout and political affiliation?
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What are the reasons for not having a voter turnout threshold for a nation-wide referendum?

Romania held a referendum that failed to be validated due to low voter turnout and the 30% threshold limit (this was lowered from 50% a few years ago). The leader of the main party in power thinks ...
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Is voter turnout connected to dissatisfaction?

Is there a study revealing a connection between voter turnout and the level of dissatisfaction with the political situation?
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What was the lowest recorded turnout in a major democratic election? [duplicate]

In the latest EU parliament elections only 13% of voters in Slovakia showed up to vote. This raised the question - which major democratic election had the lowest turnout in history? To clarify: ...
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Turnout in U.S. midterms

What is the average voter turnout among Democrats in U.S. midterm elections? How does it compare to Republican turnout?
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Notable examples of politics hurting the apolitical [closed]

I'm looking for stories that illustrate how politics gets done to us even if we choose not to "do" politics. Are there real life stories of persons claiming to be apolitical and then having politics "...
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Do left wing organisations fight against disenfranchisement in countries where disenfranchised voters typically vote for right wing parties?

As an example, Voter ID laws are disfavored by the Democratic party in the US because those laws lead to the disfranchisement of minority and low-income voters. But at the same time minority and low-...
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What share of Donald Trump's voters in 2016 voted for George Bush in 2004?

Donald J. Trump (DJT) received roughly 63 million votes in 2016. Geroge W. Bush (GWB) received 62 million votes in 2004. At the same time the US Population has grown from 293 to 322 million people (...
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Why would people protest the Puerto Rico statehood referendum by boycotting?

I was confused by the logic of the Puerto Rico boycott of the statehood referendum. While it's true that 97% voted for statehood, that represents a paltry 23% of the residents in total From the NY ...
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Why don't poor people vote in the United States?

According to this article wealthy Americans' vote turnout is significantly higher than that of lower income ones: Socio-economic status: Wealthy Americans vote at much higher rates than those of ...
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Is it proven that high turnouts help the more liberal politicians?

It is often purported that Donald Trump won the US election because the turnout was low. Likewise many claim that the Tories victory hinges on the potentially low turnout in June. But is it actually ...
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Is there a tendency for Democracies to 'pander' to older voters?

I will refer to the Triple Lock Pension in the UK as an example here. "The triple lock was introduced in 2010 by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. It was a guarantee to ...
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How did political participation change after Watergate?

Was there any notable change in political participation after Watergate?* If there were changes, were these more noticible within a particular party or level of government and to what extent are the ...
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Why was the voter turnout so low in the second round of French elections?

According to French election: Turnout sharply down in Le Pen-Macron battle, voter turnout in the second round of French presidential election was the lowest since 1981: The participation rate ...
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Turkey Referendum - Voter turnout in Germany, break down by Consulates

Among the roundabaout 3.5 million people with Turkish background living in Germany, about 1.43 million were eligible to cast a vote in the recent referendum on the presidential system. Among these, ...
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Can compulsory voting increase the quality of a non-dictatorial republic democracy?

This is somehow a followup of this answer about vote meaningfulness. According to this article, "Overall, people living in countries with more liberal policies reported higher life satisfaction than ...
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I want to know if there is a way to actually see with my own eyes proof that my personal vote was counted

I don't know where to go or who to contact to find out if Dallas Dean Heards (me) vote was counted.
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In first-past-the-post/winner-takes-all elections, is turnout higher in marginal seats / swing states?

US Presidential elections are indirect: the people vote for an electoral college and the electoral college votes for the President. States assign electors in a winner-takes-all manner (either state-...
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What prompted the high turnout in presidential elections from 1840-1896?

After reading about the recent election and hearing that the voter turnout was somewhat lower than in the last two cycles, I went and found this page from UCSB, that listed voter turnout percentages ...
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How do the Iowa caucuses differ from other elections in voter behavior?

The Iowa caucuses are of course different than other primaries and elections. Democratic ballots are not secret. However, the time costs are greater. A lot of research on voter participation mentions ...
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Are partisans more likely to vote if they believe there will be higher turnout among the opposing party?

Empirically, if you tell those from Party A that the turnout among those from Party B will be quite high, does that tend to motivate higher turnout or otherwise change voting attitudes? I am having ...
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Approaches to increase the voter turnout

Over the last 40 years, voter turnout has been steadily declining in the established democracies. This trend has been significant in the United States, Western Europe, Japan and Latin America. It has ...