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Voter turnout and confidence in results

A vote in my university had 2800 eligible voters, 16.8% turnout, and 54.7% of yays. Many people on both sides are wondering if the small electorate, low turnout, and narrow margin means the results ...
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Can US states add eligibility requirements to vote to block certain demographics or enact even tougher voter suppression measures?

One topic that has come up is voter suppression. Voter suppression discussions have focused on making it harder to vote, not removing the ability to vote altogether. But I am wondering if it is ...
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Primary voter turnout and partisan breakdown for voters under 30 in 2022?

In American politics, the most engaged voters are generally the ones that vote in primaries, the elections that choose who goes on the ballot in the general election. Polling shows Democrats won about ...
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In the U.S., why isn't turnout and activism proportional to the impact the powers of the position has on the voter?

You would expect that elections which affect people more have greater participation rates and command more attention, relatively speaking, to the people they affect. However, city council elections, ...
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California primary early voting turnout?

In the past, there was data on early voting in multiple states before Election Day came. In California there is a primary which I believe there is early voting data available publicly in but I have ...
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Why has voter turnout been declining in Ukraine?

Since the 1994 Ukrainian parliamentary election voter turnouts have been declining. 1994 75.81%, 1998 70.78%, 2002 69.27%, 2006 67.55%, 2007 62.03%, 2012 57.43%, 2014 51.91% and the 2019 Ukrainian ...
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Seeking UK policy evidence that views of voters (in percentage terms) should be extrapolated to represent, by assumption, the views of non-voters [closed]

I’ve been trying, and failing, to find any formal documentation — preferably official policies or similar from gov.uk — that state or set forth the principle that in something like a referendum or a ...
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What is the correlation between swing and change in votes cast from the 2016 to 2020 US presidential elections among major parties?

In the past, it was said that turnout benefits the Democratic Party because populations that tend to vote Democratic are underrepresented among actual voters relative to the voting eligible population ...
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Does people saying "Don't vote" online work?

There were lots of instances leading up to the 2016 election of robots posting messages targeting both liberals and moderates. For progressives they said things like "Don't vote, Bernie fans. ...
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Do non partisan elections have lower turnouts in the United States?

In the United States, local elections in odd numbered years have lower turnouts. School boards in general have the lowest turnouts. For example, there was a nonpartisan school board election in a ...
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Why does there seem to be some sort of drop-off with young voters support of Republicans that accompanies lower turnout elections?

Many people have been saying that young voters are going to shift the United States to the left politically. There are a handful of questions on this site about this topic with low propensity young ...
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Does this New York Times picture suggest that higher voter turnout tends to benefit Republicans?

I was reading an article in the New York Times on voter turnout titled Huge Turnout Is Expected In 2020. So, which party would benefit? I found something peculiar about how age affects voter turnout. ...
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Do more voting rights really make it harder for Republicans to win?

Also, if there is truth behind Republican support to make voting more restrictive for people in general, how long ago might this party have started advocating legislation with more restrictions? Why ...
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What fraction of U.S. voters actually do due diligence in voting for positions such as comptrollers?

For instance, the New York City Comptroller is elected. I’m honestly surprised that even such positions involve public elections. Is there data on what fraction of voters actually participate to vote ...
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Does high turnout (on average) actually only slightly favor Democrats? [duplicate]

It is commonly said that generally speaking high turnout favors Democrats and low turnout favors Republicans. However, I feel that while this is true nationally, it doesn't always happen, and not to ...
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Is there an operating political system in which an election can be invalidated because of a too little participation?

I don't know enough about the many election systems throughout the world, but what I often see is that the abstention rate is at best an indicator (of something), if it's taken into account at all. I ...
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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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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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Absolute votes by political party

I'm looking for data on the absolute votes received by each of the political parties (Democrat and Republican most importantly) over recent elections (since at least 2000) in the USA, including (...
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Voter intimidation versus poll observing?

What distinguishes, if anything, the ominous presence of one or more partisan self-appointed possibly armed poll observers full of appraising stares, and the federal crime of voter intimidation? The ...
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Is there evidence that the Republican Party leadership wants fewer people to vote?

I want to know about whether or not many high profile Republicans want fewer eligible Americans to vote because they believe it could help them win more elections. An example that makes me suggest ...
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How does turnout in US elections compare across states?

It’s well known that many US states vote in a very predictable way in national elections (e.g. Arkansas has a Partisan Voting Index (PVI) of R+15, two Republican senators, an all-Republican House ...
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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 evidence to determine whether a vote reminder app be used effectively to boost turnout?

I remember that the Iowa Democratic Party made an app that made an app that was supposed to process results for the Iowa Caucuses. I have an idea that Democrats (or Republicans) might be able to use: ...
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Is there any correlation between the effective number of political parties and democratic participation?

I'm aware of a number of surveys in the UK and the US based around voter apathy that have shown that one of the most common reasons stated for not voting is the lack of a political party that ...
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Why did the turnout rise so much in the governor's elections in some states?

I have seen that in the 2018 midterms, the turnout rose from the elections in 2014. Though the increase was across the board, some governor's races had higher increases than the national increase from ...
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What explains the record turnout in South Korea's elections, despite coronavirus fears?

On April 15th, South Korea held parliamentary elections, which resulted in a large victory for the incumbent President's Minjoo party. Fears of infection due to the COVID-19 pandemic have ...
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Why did Wisconsin Republicans oppose postponing the April 7th election despite COVID-19 shutting down nearly all polling places?

After last minute, party-line decisions by the US and Wisconsin Supreme Courts, Wisconsin will hold their presidential primary and a hotly-contested Supreme Court election tomorrow (April 7th) despite ...
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Did Bernie Sanders receive low youth voter turnout during the Super Tuesday primaries?

So a series of news articles are being spread around that purportedly attributes some of Bernie Sanders' losses in states due to low voter turnout. A quick search on Google reports tens of articles ...
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Is there a consistent difference in participation in caucuses vs primaries in the US?

VOA notes that In the past, the downside of the time-consuming caucus process has been lower voter turnout. In the 2016 Iowa caucuses only 15.7% of the voting population participated. In contrast,...
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Has anything been published about how YouGov determined the figures they are using for predicted turnout by age?

YouGov's multilevel regression and post-stratification (MRP) model is seen as one of the most reliable pre-election predictors of what results will look like in the UK. Their turnout predictions by ...
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What difference does a winter election make?

The last December election took place almost a century ago, in 1923. Why are winter elections so rare, what difference does it make to voters, turnout, and campaigners, and how has it affected the ...
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Why is the voter turnout at EU level so low compared to national elections?

The voter turnout in the European elections in Germany in 2019 for instance was only around 62%. Notable this is still much higher than it was in previous EU elections there… Additionally the voter ...
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Are people more likely to vote in swing states? [duplicate]

I wonder how many people vote based on the chance it has to influence the outcome vs other reasons, and this seems like a good way to gather some information about this.
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Did only retired people vote in a majority for the Conservatives in the UK 2017 General Election?

I was looking through the wikipedia article for the 2017 general election in the UK, and found these numbers provided by a YouGov poll that broke down the voting results by demographic. Most of the ...
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In recent US elections, is turnout among millennial voters lower than voters in the baby boomer generation?

Did millennials vote at lower rates than baby-boomers?
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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/states 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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Do high turnouts help more liberal politicians?

People often say that Donald Trump won the US election because the turnout was low, and that the Tories' victory in June will depend on a potentially low turnout. However, is it actually true that a ...
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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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