Questions tagged [voting]

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

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I'm proposing a voting system which would allow each voter to verify that his vote is properly registered. Would this work? [closed]

I propose a system which would allow for several voting options, including mail-in, online and walk-up voting, with each option avalable to all voters. First and foremost, any method requires control ...
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Why don't parties run primary elections instead of the government? [duplicate]

Why does the government run primary elections instead of the parties?
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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 a House member who votes with his/her party 100% of the time frowned upon? [closed]

I am curious about the House of Representatives. What if a House member representing a safe seat (I consider that one with Cook PVI of about +15 or higher) decides to vote with the party's position ...
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What explains this deviation in voting patterns?

The Washington Post did an article about how most mostly black neighborhoods voted more Republican in 2016 than they did in 2012. The white one is pretty interesting (it looks like a distorted X), but ...
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Would Lichtman's Keys model failing be unprecedented?

There is a man named Allan Lichtman. He created a forecasting model that predicts the Electoral College winner. It is based on a theory called pragmatic voting. This means that the voters judge ...
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Is the American Voter Bot based on real data? [closed]

There is a Twitter account called American Voter Bot which supposedly tweets profiles of individual US voters. I am not sure if these profiles are real, because I saw a few bizarre tweets that seem ...
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What was the closest House of Representatives popular vote total ever?

I am curious about the popular vote for the House of Representatives over time. What was the closest popular vote in terms of percentage points in a House election nationally? For context, the closest ...
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Why is it that an American in Timbuktu can vote for president but an American in San Juan cannot?

I was surprised to learn that Puerto Ricans, despite living in a US territory, were not entitled to vote in the presidential elections. I was even more surprised to learn that US citizens are allowed ...
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What happens if not all the votes are counted by the Electoral College's meeting?

I am curious about the pandemic and voting. I want to know about what if there are multiple states are unable to certify their election results in time. Would this mean that the Electoral College is &...
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How can a US voting precinct only have a single voter?

I found a precinct in northern Minnesota where only a single vote was cast: a vote for the current president. This precinct makes me wonder if I could make or obtain my own precinct that has one voter:...
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Is there a such thing as a random voter in the US?

I am curious about politics. There is a type of voter that I heard about called a swing voter. The normal type of voter swings based on whether one candidate is good in their opinion or not. This type ...
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Would an online voting system using a secure id be more subject to coercion than the current mail in ballot system?

A system which allows voters to audit his vote in the final result via a unique ID has been suggested. The arguments against seem centered around the secrecy issue and coercion. For example, a boss ...
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Can red state legislature automatically give Trump a second term? [duplicate]

Their are some people online (Greg Palast) saying that if Trump loses the election, he will claim fraud, have the results thrown out and have state legislature use the 12 amendment to give him a ...
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Do the leads of left-leaning candidates tend to grow as more votes are counted in US elections? [duplicate]

I have seen that Hillary Clinton's pop vote lead grew as more votes were counted. For the first example, in a video by Fox News, Clinton won the popular vote by 1.7 million votes, and she won by 2.9 ...
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Was Ruben Diaz presumptively defeated?

Ruben Diaz appears to have been defeated in the primary. Ruben Diaz is a highly conservative Democrat who rolled eyebrows by running in what is said to be the bluest district. I am calling the race ...
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Are moderate voters less reliable than nonmoderate voters?

I am curious about the bipartisan divide in this country. But there is an additional segment that Gallup says makes up about 36 percent of people: moderates. Is this segment less civically engaged ...
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Are Democratic voters more firm in their voting preferences?

I am wondering whether Democrats are more firm in their voting patterns. What I mean by this is actually going out to vote. I mean only voting for the party they're registered with. (This doesn't ...
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In Kentucky, who is responsible for closing a polling location?

For in person voting tomorrow, Kentucky (USA) will have roughly 200 out of the normal ~3,700 polling locations open. Was a single person responsible for this decision, such as the Kentucky secretary ...
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Precincts where Clinton (and Obama) got <3% of the vote in 2016 and 2012?

I remember asking about precincts that were basically/almost 100% Democrat. Now, I want to ask about if there are (close to) 100% Republican precincts, which is the opposite question. I would guess ...
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What is the correlation between a Mississippi county's African-American population and percent of votes for Hillary Clinton?

I was looking at Mississippi's electoral map. I noticed that the percent of African-Americans had a close roughly 1:1 correlation with the % of votes in the county cast for Hillary Clinton. The ...
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Did Hillary Clinton win the popular vote by 2.09 or 2.22 percentage points?

I read in two sources that the 2016 popular vote was Democratic by 2.09 percentage points (48.18% Clinton, 46.09% Trump). I also read it was by 2.22 percentage points (51.11% Clinton, 48.89% Trump). I ...
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How abnormal is Vermont's Democratic lean considering its rurality?

I am curious about the urban-rural divide. While looking into this, I found Vermont. This state is over 90% white and rural yet somehow generally votes Democratic and even houses an Independent ...
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What are the reasons for the date of Election Day?

As far as I can tell, the date of Election Day in the US was set in 1845: the electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed in each State on the Tuesday next after the first Monday ...
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“Reverse pivot” municipalities in New Jersey?

I am curious about reverse-pivot areas by municipality. A reverse pivot area is defined as an electoral jurisdiction that voted Republican in 2008 and 2012 but voted Democratic in 2016 for president. ...
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Did Democrats win the popular vote for governor in 2018 by as much as Hillary Clinton did in 2016?

I saw a question on Politics Stack Exchange titled How did Republicans get a majority of governorships and lose the popular vote by almost 3 million votes in 2018?. This made me think that Democratic ...
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Would giving voters a straight ticket option in more states reduce wait times? [closed]

In most US states, in order to vote a straight ticket, you have to select each candidate individually on the ballot. However, some states like Michigan and Texas allow you to vote a straight ticket if ...
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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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Why is Trump's approval dropping in mid-year 2020? [closed]

I remember that you said that I should not write about this a while back because it was a statistically insignificant event at the time. But, it continued. I asked about why the rally 'round the flag ...
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Double voting via write in in a US federal election?

Let's say that someone wanted to abuse the write in option to vote for the candidate twice. Let's say someone selected Joe Biden (or Donald Trump, doesn't matter who) on the normal part of the ballot, ...
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When do CA-25's special election results come out?

I saw that there is a special election for California's 25th district. It is considered a toss-up, though I feel that the Democrat has an advantage because an even Cook PVI means that it leans ...
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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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What is the procedure for calling a recount in a General Election?

In 2017, the constituency of North East Fife underwent three recounts, eventually leading to the SNP candidate being elected with a majority of just two votes. The initial result would have seen the ...
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Why is Iowa a swing state?

Iowa is a weird state. There is only one other state like it in this respect, and that state is Ohio. I mean this as in these states voted for Obama and Trump by relatively wide margins. (Florida ...
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Precincts where Trump got <1% of the vote in 2016?

I read an article about Trump's historically bad performance in the capitol city of the US. I saw that there were at least two precincts where he did EXTREMELY badly. There were two precincts that I ...
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Has a tied vote ever happened in a UK Parliamentary election?

I'm aware that if a vote is tied in an election, then a tie-breaker is conducted which leaves the result to chance. As far as I know in recent years this has only occurred in local council elections; ...
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Can members of the public attend UK General Election ballot counts?

Coverage of UK election nights is usually interspersed with footage of ballot counts, along with the result declarations in individual constituencies. The image below shows an example of one of these ...
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Is there any new evidence that mail-in balloting is “fraudulent in many cases”?

Donald Trump (4/7/2020):"Mail ballots are a very dangerous thing for this country, because they're cheaters. They're fraudulent in many cases."NPR and others I'm looking for actual numbers, How many ...
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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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How common is it for US voters to vote for the same one of the two major parties 100% of the time?

Ever since I was about 13, I have felt a strong allegiance to the Democratic Party. I am just using that as an example (if you feel the opposite way, that’s fine with me but if you do this we would ...
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Have any countries used blockchain voting in elections?

Have any countries used blockchain voting in national or local elections?
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Validating your US vote was counted accurately [duplicate]

Every time I go to vote and do my American civil duty, I've always wondered if my vote is being counted accurately. Question: Is there any method in the United States of America for a voting citizen ...
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Why are candidates expected to win their home state?

In coverage of primaries and elections I often hear it stated that candidates are expected to win their home states, or that it is embarrassing not to. I've seen this assertion here, such as in Has a ...
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Can a US President realistically pardon enough people to sway an election?

Slightly inspired by this question, is there a limitation on the number of pardons a president could offer, such that it could sway the outcome of the next election? Take for example, Florida, ...
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In a PR/STV system, is there any point in voting for a candidate I don't like to fight against one I like even less?

There's an upcoming election which features a particular candidate whose politics I have a problem with. Not only do I not want them to get in but I don't even want them to feel good or encouraged by ...
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Iowa Satellite voting and delegate awards

I "think" I understand that delegate allocation (for the Iowa Dem caucus) is not uniform, that is to say that it may take 200 votes in one precinct to obtain 1 delegate, while in another it may ...
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Why do certain people, in modern times, support the idea of a Brazilian monarchy?

I read from the LA Times that there are monarchists in Brazil who support the idea of the nation returning to a form of monarchy. According to a poll in 2017, about 10.7% support a return to and ...
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What analogy best explains the narrowing down of presidential candidates for a general election?

My understanding is that it's sort of like a football game with sixteen teams in each conference for a total of 32. The Super Bowl is sort of of like the race for the presidency in which the two ...
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Is there a (reasonably) world-wide quantitative survey of malapportionment in legislative chambers?

By malapportionment I mean the non-proportional allocation of representatives to population by geographical units. Wikipedia has a rather terrible article on the topic, which, while enumerating and ...
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Can the Trump Campaign use the voter data the Trump Administration received in 2017?

In 2017 the Trump Administration requested and received 2016 voting data from the states. In some states this data can be used to determine how a person voted based on a code that was entered into the ...

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