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Questions tagged [voting]

To be used in relation to questions about the process in which a representative democracy elects its representatives. Not to be used for questions about how the votes are scored or counted, which are covered under voting-systems.

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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 the 3rd choice on a ballot bring any statistical advantage?
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US presidents that weren't on every states' ballots

Has there ever been a US president who was not on the ballots of every single state, for the election that they won? I'm having a hard time finding historical ballot information to check myself, and ...
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Can “Fake News” impact an election and did it affect people in the 2016 US Election? [closed]

Can "Fake News" be used as a propaganda tool to strategically impact an elections outcome? Is it proven to change peoples mind regarding what they're voting for?
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Why did most European countries adopt the proportional voting system?

Is it because they are "young democracies/countries" (compared to the US and the UK) and at the time of their establishment there were more people with different political views and therefore the ...
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What is the oldest “true” democracy?

According to PolitiFact, the United States is the oldest democracy. However, the 26th Amendment, guaranteeing that all citizens 18 and over can vote, was only ratified in 1971 and the Voting Rights ...
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Why are there protests when Abdelaziz Bouteflika was announced as candidate to presidential elections in Algeria?

Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced (or actually - it was announced on his behalf) that he will be running for the next presidential elections in Algeria. This led to massive protests against a senile ...
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Is candidate anonymity at all practical?

We are all aware voting is largely biased. Of course, it would be attractive to reduce that bias as much as possible because greater policy-based voting allows laws and regulations to better reflect ...
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Condorcet winner possible without ballots available?

I have a situation. 3 parties participated in a hypothetical election between 10 voters. The voting followed normal Condorcet method, with voter ranking the parties in the order of their choice. (Eg. ...
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Paying people not to vote at all

I have recently heard an idea from a local journalist that even surprised the moderator (greatly simplified): Pay some amount for people that do NOT vote Heuristically this should lead to better ...
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Why do some German MPs hold cards up whenever there is a vote in the Bundestag?

You can see here for example https://youtu.be/mKn4Pi3qXjU?t=3594 that members of the Bundestag holding cards up during a vote on a bill. Is this a special kind of voting? How does it work?
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Why was Switzerland one of the last countries to give women the vote?

Women in Switzerland were only given the right to vote on a federal level in 1971, a time when every single European country had given women the franchise decades prior, and a time when pretty much ...
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Evidence in support of highly myopic retrospective voting

I am reading Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government. In Chapter 6 and 7, evidence is shown that "voters' retrospective assessments of the economy are quite myopic." ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of extending full voting rights to resident non-citizens?

First up, apologies for asking an open-ended, pro & con, question but I don't know how else to frame it. I have noticed that modern democracies differ largely with regards to what voting rights ...
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How does voting in the US Senate work?

There were a number of confirmation hearings in the Senate where Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, cast the tie-breaking vote. That part is clear to me from the Constitution. Impeachment is ...
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When is voting bad for democracy? [duplicate]

Edit: The question here isn't attempting to determine when a democratic vote or process is necessary or correct. Here it is trying to point to indicators that a voter might notice that would cause ...
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The US Voting System Vulnerabilities, Anti-Fraud, and citizen Assurance of Accuracy

As a US citizen that votes and expects my vote and every other citizen's to be counted with accuracy, it is rather disturbing when I hear about news such as the strongly suspected voter fraud/cheating ...
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How does the European Union ensure the correctness of elections with member countries?

During the last referendum in Romania, the existing voting monitoring system did not work, creating doubt about the correctness of voting as this system allowed multiple voting detection: Several ...
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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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Can federal courts overrule North Carolina's vote ID constitutional amendment?

North Carolina voters approved a voter ID amendment to the state constitution; I assume that carries more weight than the voter ID laws that have already been overturned, but can the federal court ...
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Ghost voting prevention in US state legislative bodies

Context Ghost voting, in this context, is when legislators vote for bills on behalf of other members who aren't actually present. I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I never knew about this ...
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On Florida machine recount - how limited to Senate/Gov/Agriculture

The machine recount required by FL law is underway. Are the scanning machines reprogrammed to only tabulate senate, governors, and Ag.Secty? Or do the scanners actually do a complete retabulation of ...
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When and where was the first US “Butterfly ballot” used in a presidential election?

When and where was the first US "Butterfly ballot" used in a presidential election? Was it: 1996 In 1996, it was clear that some people who intended to vote for Bob Dole accidentally voted ...
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What are the repercussions of a poorly designed ballot?

I've been following the Florida senate race, and according to multiple sources, something seems to be off about the votes in a specific district. It mentions that the design of the ballot itself ...
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What solutions have been proposed in the US to an abstract contaminated vote bag problem?

Suppose in an anonymous voting system, we have a bag of 100 legitimate votes soon to be counted. Unfortunately, before the 100 legitimate votes reach the the counting table, a man in a bandit mask ...
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Why does Broward County FL need to apply a voter fraud law around handling of provisional ballots?

On November 6th an in-person registered FL voter, (whose driver's license was scanned on-site), was given a provisional ballot for reasons not clear at a later time. The voter then dutifully filled ...
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Is the use of “fear” effective in terms of voter turn out in US elections…?

The November 6th election has seen record turnout in some states that were electing senators and representatives. Use of fear has been around for a long time but this election has seen unpresident ...
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Is there a “nuclear option” regarding the election of a constitutional judge in Germany?

In Germany, the parliament has just agreed on a successor for one of the judges of the constitutional court. The candidate has to be elected in parliament with 2/3 of the votes as well as the majority ...
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What is the problem with Broward County Fl election results?

Press reports say that Broward County is still "counting ballots", I assume they really mean that the optical scanning machines are still reading the ballots and tabulating the votes for each ...
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What are the reasons behind discriminating between votes inside the country and those from diaspora in regard of proportional representation?

According to this article (original in Romanian, automatically translated), there is rather high discrepancy between representation in Parliament for Romanian citizens that live in Romania and those ...
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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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Why do so many people in the US vote for different parties for the House and the Senate?

I cannot wrap my head around why so many people in the US seemingly(?) vote for different parties (Democrats vs Republicans) in the elections for the House vs the Senate? In the Senate the ...
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What is the difference between a special polling location and a general polling location?

This was asked by a friend of mine, and he wanted to know the answer. Upon searching for his polling location, he was given a special polling precinct and a general polling precinct, which were two ...
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Oklahoma: Can I still vote in person if I received an absentee ballot but did not return it?

I signed up to receive a absentee ballots near the beginning of the year. You have the choice to receive them for one election date or all dates that year, and I selected all dates. I've since moved ...
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How do I check my vote?

I early voted at a library in Irving, TX. I touched a straight Democratic ticket. The machine went straight to Republican. I called the attendant and she reset the machine so I tried again. ...
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Can a person be elected to a Minnesota state office if there are fewer votes for them than blank votes?

On my ballot for Minnesota are a lot of state-level positions (judges, a representative, county sheriff) where the incumbent is running unopposed. If there are fewer votes for them than blank votes, ...
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Can US citizens vote in multiple primaries? [duplicate]

In the US they have a system of primary elections in which voters chose a candidate for each party, who then go to the main election. This has been criticised for increasing the polarization of US ...
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How do politicians get my phone number?

How do politicians get my phone number? I recently received a message from Bill Nelson telling me to vote for him in the next election. This is really weird considering I never gave him my phone ...
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Does being an informed voter always lead to good outcome? [closed]

As what the title have stated, is it always sufficient for citizens to be an informed voter to make correct voting decision for the country? Is there any real life cases whereby well-informed citizen ...
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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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Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to suppress the right to vote for minorities. Are there cases where the modern Democratic party (ie post Jim Crow) is accused of suppressing the right ...
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Why does US have such a low score for “Political participation” factor inside the Democracy index?

According to Wikipedia's article on Democracy Index, United States ranks 21. and the lowest indicators are "Functioning of government" and "Political participation". I am wondering why such a ...
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Is there any unwritten rule that high officials should cast a vote in spite of boycotting being a more ideologically appropriate option?

Romania has recently held a referendum to ban gay unions that eventually failed despite extended voting period (two days instead of only one). The reason of its failure was the low voter turnout (...
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Do compulsory voting systems allow blank votes or “none of the above” options?

I am wondering if compulsory voting systems allow for blank votes. By blank votes I mean an explicit act of choosing not to tick any option. Wikipedia seems to mix blank vote with various types of ...
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Is first-past-the-post (plurality voting) neither an ordinal nor a cardinal method?

Wikipedia says: Cardinal methods (based on cardinal utility) and ordinal methods (based on ordinal preferences, also called ranked voting) are two main categories of modern voting systems, along ...
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How is Approval Voting providing more information than an ordinal method?

Kenneth Arrow says in an interview that Approval Voting provides more information than ordinal methods subject to his theorem: CES: So it seems like one of the points that you’re stressing within ...