Questions tagged [voting]

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What's (roughly) the smallest percentage of the US population that through its Senators has successfully blocked a piece of legislation?

According to some US constitutional pundits, in theory, senators representing about 11 percent of the population can filibuster a bill or those representing about 16 percent of the population can ...
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How often did the European Parliament use its optional secret ballot rule?

According to Wikipedia: If at least 20% of the Parliament requests it before voting begins, the vote will be taken by secret ballot. Citing (the 2nd para of) EP Rule 169, which is actually a bit ...
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Doesn't the Ninth Amendment Prohibit Any Preference based Law, Ordinance or Policy?

The Ninth Amendment states: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. So how is it lawful that laws or ...
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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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Can a polling station in the UK shut early if everyone has voted?

If everyone on the voting list for a polling station had been to vote and have been marked off on the list the polling clerks have, would the polling station shut early? Or would it remain open until ...
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What consistutes a vote for or against a motion in Congress?

In the UK, Members of Parliament vote on things by shouting either ‘aye’ or ‘no’, and when the winner is not clear it will go to division. I understand the US takes a lot of cues from Parliamentary ...
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Could a (maybe new) voting system, where people would be able to decide their personal supportee at any given moment work? [closed]

I just got a voting system idea (which might or might not be an already existing system) after watching two videos about voting. [1] [2] Disclaimer: The question(s) will be at the end, but the main ...
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Does writing a message on an otherwise acceptable English ballot paper “spoil” the vote?

Suppose I vote today, in the UK general election, by making a mark as usual in a box, but I also add a protest comment in handwriting on the ballot form. Does this stop my vote being valid or ...
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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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Why do Republicans oppose the Voting Rights Advancement Act?

On December 6th, The House of Representatives passed HR4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which updates the 1965 Voting Rights Act in light of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling which invalidated ...
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Can we have a AI-lead technocratic society and remove voting? [closed]

Is voting needed? Can AI just look at all history and understand the needs of society? Humans do not have a strong record when choosing their leaders. Such as Hitler was voted when he promised ...
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How likely is it for a Democrat to win the Presidency if he/she gets 52.8% of the (popular) vote? [closed]

In 2024, I am projecting the Democrat to win approximately 52.8% of the popular vote. However, I’m not sure about the Electoral College. If that number is true, I expect it to be concentrated in urban ...
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What is the minimum vote share a party could obtain and still win a majority in a General Election?

Inspired by the US equivalent - what is the minimum total vote share that a party could obtain while still winning over 325 seats in the Commons? What is the smallest share of the vote that a party ...
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What is the lowest percentage of the popular vote that a President has been elected on?

Obviously the US presidential election is not won by popular vote, but by votes in the electoral college. This means that, as in the 2016 election, the defeated candidate can obtain a larger total ...
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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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Double voting in the UK

In the UK you are allowed to be registered to vote in two constituencies (usually your home address and a student house) but are only allowed to vote in one of these locations. In my experience, when ...
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In Swedish elections, can you change your ballot paper in the polling booth?

In Sweden, you have a system where you choose ballot paper with the political party printed on it before you enter the voting station. I understand that you can pick multiple papers and there also is ...
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Which US states prohibit vote trading by elected officials?

Apparently vote trading is illegal in California when done by elected officials: Recent amendments to the Penal Code extended the prohibition to local officials: Any member of the ...
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Are MPs required to read a bill before they vote on it?

Of course, voting in general does not require that the voters understand what they are voting on. In a formal setting, when the vote is about a written document, it could be required that the voters ...
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In the house of commons, does “second reading” involve actual reading?

A bill in the house of commons has a first and a second reading. The second reading involves the members of parliament. Does the second reading being finished imply that the bill has been read out ...
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What is gerrymandering called if it's not the result of redrawing districts?

The result of gerrymandering is a set of voting districts that are not representative of the overall demographics in a larger region. Gerrymandering refers specifically to obtaining that result by ...
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Was the Franchise for the EU Referendums in 1975 and 2016 the same?

The details of those allowed to vote in the two EU membership referendums seems slightly different from my reading. 1975 Franchise The right to vote in the referendum was given to those who were ...
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Federalist 57 suggests voting open to everyone in the early republic?

I recently read The Accessible Federalist by Adam Seagrave (a great resource to avoid archaic English). In the Federalist 57, I came upon something interesting. James Madison appears to have been ...
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What are the perceived benefits of letting public party members vote directly for the party leader?

In Australia we vote for local members who are usually representatives of a political party, and the elected candidates then become Members of Parliament (MPs) who choose their party leader, usually ...
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Do any countries or states require citizens to pass a knowledge-based test before voting?

In Against Democracy, Georgetown University political philosopher Jason Brennan presents his case for epistocracy. Do any countries or states require citizens to pass a knowledge-based test before ...
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What election rules and voting rights are guaranteed by the US Constitution?

Following the recent US Supreme Court decision that gerrymandering for political purposes is not prohibited by the US Constitution, I realized that it can be hard to understand what rules related to ...
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Is there any political party in a EU country that has a leadership that virtually bypasses secret voting by asking its MPs not to vote?

Romanian opposition failed once again to overthrow the Government in 2019. This came as no surprise. However, the main party in power requested its members not to vote at all. The trick is that the ...
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What is the rationale of holding national parliament snap elections after the EU elections results?

Short background In November 2015 the Romanian PM resigned due to street pressure related to a nightclub fire and the President managed to negotiate with the parties to sustain a technocratic ...
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Special unofficial nationwide vote/poll in 1994 in the United States of America

In 1994 (+/- 1 year) in the United States of America the was some special public vote. The vote itself was related to some agreement made by a smaller group of politicians. I believe it began as ...
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Why are British voters more likely to back the main parties in general elections than in European Parliament elections?

Recently, in the United Kingdom European Union Parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party won the most seats, with 30.5% of the vote. There are claims from Nigel Farage and others that the Brexit Party ...
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Real-time online voting

I’m aware that online voting has been adopted in a (limited) number of jurisdictions across the world. As far as I’m aware, all these systems work in a very similar way to a paper ballot, you cast ...
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How are Blank votes distributed in the Portuguese legislative elections?

In the Portuguese legislative elections, are blank votes distributed equally by all parties or it depends on any factor?
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What can a person do if she could not cast her vote during EU parliamentary elections?

European Parliament elections has passed and Romanian diaspora once again had serious difficulties in casting a vote (Bristol Post, Dubai City Reporter, Vice). Thousands of Romanian diaspora ...
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What is the difference between nullifying your vote and not going to vote at all?

When there are multiple parties to vote with (let's say A, and B), what difference does it make when one nullifies their vote compared with another person that does not vote at all? I heard some ...
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Why does it take so long to count the last 30% of votes in an Australian federal election?

I've noticed over several federal elections in Australia that around 70% of the votes are counted on election night. However, it then takes days, sometimes weeks to count the remaining 30% of the ...
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The LNP won the election, but lost my district. Do they still follow through on what my local representative said they'd do if they won?

The LNP won the election, but lost my district. The promises that my LNP representative made, are they still going to happen, even though he lost?
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What drawbacks are there in preferential voting? [duplicate]

I recently discovered that Australia uses the preferential voting system. It looks like a great system, so great that I do not see any immediate drawbacks. What are they?
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What is the smallest margin an Australian Federal or State seat has ever been won by?

What's the smallest difference between the winner and the next party in any state or federal election in Australia. Interested in both percentage and absolute count.
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Why do Australian states have different rules for senate voting to the federal government?

There seems to be a difference in rules for voting for the states and the federal government in Australia. For example, in the state of Victoria, you only have to enter 1 preference in the top line on ...
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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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Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office?

Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office?
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How many local recounts were conducted in the Scottish independence referendum?

A 2014 article in the Telegraph noted that The chief counting officer for the Scottish independence referendum has confirmed there can be no national recount even if the result is close. But ...
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Privacy of voting in India

Is the voting process in India really a private affair? Recently, an MLA belonging to the ruling party has threatened voters that Prime Minister Modi has installed cameras in the polling booth ...
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Electing officials by least disliked or the candidate that creates the least “resistance” among the voters

I have learnt about a simple yet interesting decision making model: instead of choosing the most voted outcome, choose the one that is the least disliked. For example, the team has to decide a place ...
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How does having to sign to support someone for elections fit with having a secret ballot?

Where I live (and perhaps in may other place across the world), in order for a party / person to be able to become a candidate in some elections (European Parliament, local, general/parliamentary, ...
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Does a libertarian party make the US more or less libertarian? [closed]

Say 0 means libertarian, and 100 means statism. Say we have a libertarian party. Let's presume there is no voting strategy. So everyone picks the one that makes the most sense to them. And let's for ...
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Is it common to order cabinet members to abstain?

In the Financial Times website today Mark Odell 2 HOURS AGO Tory free vote confirmed The FT's Jim Pickard has confirmed that Theresa May will give her MPs a free vote on Wednesday evening as ...
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A. B, C, or D statistical voting placement on ballot?

In school, we were taught to always pick C in a multiple choice question if unsure. Would being on a particular placement on a ballot bring any statistical advantage?