Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

0
votes
2answers
142 views

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 (...
29
votes
5answers
7k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
108 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
75 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
58 views

How to change states in US voting registration

If I am changing the state I am registered to vote in, do I need to somehow “unregister” in my old state? I confirmed that my registration is valid in my old state. My new state’s registration form ...
5
votes
1answer
166 views

Can straight-party voting lead to partisanship?

Has it ever been quantitatively proven that straight-party voting in a two-party federal republic (or similar system) inevitably leads to partisanship (i.e., the reluctance to compromise with one's ...
7
votes
1answer
78 views

What is the term for the polisci problem of having to vote for a single individual holding many beliefs?

What's the term for the problem where voters have to pick a single person to vote for, but they may support different candidates on different issues? For example, maybe you like the Democrats ...
0
votes
5answers
426 views

Why do we still need elected representatives? [closed]

My understanding is that back in the day, before the internet, there was no way for everyone to gather around, and vote on a bill, so we would have representatives do it for us. Today, we could ...
86
votes
16answers
27k views

Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

According to a 1998 HRW report, The United States may have the world’s most restrictive criminal disenfranchisement laws. We know of no other democracy besides the United States in which convicted ...
5
votes
0answers
86 views

Is there any instance of AI / machine learning provided voting rights for political/administrative decisions?

This article argues that a company has allowed an algorithm to have a weight in the decision process (i.e. to vote): Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Abstaining from Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee

What would be the effect of an abstention vote by four US senators on a question of whether to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, if the result were that there were only 49 votes in favor of confirming ...
-2
votes
1answer
230 views

Should mentally retarded people be allowed to vote in a Democratic system? [closed]

I have respect to all the disabled people. The purpose of this question is to understand who is qualified to vote in a Democratic system. I hope nobody gets me wrong. We know democracy allows all ...
0
votes
2answers
206 views

Demographic with greatest difficulty in maintaining current US Voter ID?

In the US, for persons eligible, the relative costs or feasibility of obtaining, (or if necessary, maintaining), some current valid form of Voter ID varies by situation or condition. Particularly ...
1
vote
6answers
387 views

Why are Democrats and mainstream media more tolerant about undocumented migrants? [closed]

I want to elaborate my question in the following. First I need to state my premises: Undocumented migrants cannot be stopped, as people have the right to pursue better life, even if it might risk ...
2
votes
0answers
121 views

Vote strategy: Is best looking candidate first better than chance? [closed]

In a comment UserLTK makes a passing reference to an easy and expedient voting strategy: My grandmother on my mothers side always voted for the better looking candidate. Suppose a voter is ...
-1
votes
1answer
175 views

What is the minimum age before your political views are considered well thought out and educated? [closed]

I see a lot of the time people shut younger people down when arguing politics because they say that they aren't wise and educated enough to have these opinions. What age or education level do you ...
2
votes
2answers
217 views

Age-weighted democracy - is it possible? [closed]

A true democracy gives equal voting rights for voters in the society regardless of their demographics (age, gender, or ethnicity). However, in many referendums, younger voters have a different say ...
11
votes
4answers
343 views

How much do US presidential campaigns spend per vote gained?

I'm interested in knowing just how far my donations to a presidential candidate go in terms of garnering more votes for that candidate. I can find a lot of data on how many votes each presidential ...
7
votes
3answers
418 views

Are US politicians allowed to give money to voters?

More specifically, is it voter fraud if a politician does something to help voters? For example, if a politician pays to build a library, or fund-raises for a charity that supports a poor community of ...
2
votes
3answers
183 views

What civic rights do green-card holders have?

I know that Permanent Residents of the US are "generally not allowed to vote" or hold public office but I haven't been able to find more detailed information about their civic rights on the USCIS ...
1
vote
1answer
132 views

Is voting a form of rent seeking? [closed]

Do all voting a form of rent seeking? For example, say a group of voters vote for tariff free removal. Another wants to protect steel industry. Are both doing rent seeking? It seems that removal of ...
5
votes
1answer
87 views

In Mixed-Member Proportional representation system what percentage of people vote for different party than MP's party?

In Mixed-Member Proportional representation system electors have two votes first for an MP and second for party. My question is there some figure of how many people vote for party in second vote ...
2
votes
3answers
468 views

What could be done to US states that openly allow non-citizens to vote?

I saw this question about what states that don't use voter ID do to ensure non-citizens don't vote, and the answer seems to be little, if anything. Given the current political climate (where some ...
5
votes
1answer
133 views

What exactly happens when a person registers to vote?

It's fairly easy to find the procedures one must follow to register to vote in a state. But looking at the process from another end, what exactly are the procedures that happen once the state gets an ...
37
votes
9answers
9k views

Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states? [duplicate]

Let's say a non-US citizen (legal or illegal immigrant) is resident in the US and has a valid postal address in a state without "Voter ID" laws. Would anything prevent such a person from registering ...
-3
votes
2answers
224 views

Why do race and religion matter in voting?

People have strong preferences to pick leaders similar to them instead of on merit. But why? Why does race and religion matter in politics? Why in most other things we care about what's best. Yet in ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Why do some human rights organizations oppose elections?

It appears that in nation-building there are two schools of thought: one that advocates holding elections as soon as possible, and one that advocates that nations must reach a certain level before ...
2
votes
1answer
91 views

What measures can be taken, so that no political party takes undue advantage of rivalry of other 2 parties?

Suppose that in a country, there are 3 parties, out of which 2 are opposition and 1 ruling. If people are not really happy with the ruling party and want to replace it, then they have the option to ...
5
votes
2answers
176 views

Declining trend in voter turnouts

Why are voter turnout trends on the fall in an average around the world? On analysing the voter turnout trends on Voter Turnout Database, the average turnout comes out in sixties.
1
vote
1answer
283 views

Why less educated people tend to vote Jokowi?

This article says that Jokowi base is uneducated people. May be it's a bit controversial. However, Jokowi improves Indonesian corruption perception index. He also deregulate most sectors. He made ...
5
votes
3answers
212 views

Is it ever better to vote against a candidate in a primary, rather than for one?

In some primary elections, it is possible to vote in only one party's election. My goal is two-fold: remove one party's incumbent candidate from office, and get the other party's best candidate into ...
49
votes
6answers
12k views

Why isn't Election Day a federal holiday in the US?

Inspired by this question The United States has low levels of voter turnout as compared to other developed democracies. As seen in the above question, low-income individuals are less likely to vote ...
3
votes
5answers
964 views

Drawbacks of Online Voting [duplicate]

BBC has an article which asks if it is time for countries to adopt online voting. While, there may be many advantages of this, what are the principle drawbacks of online voting? It is possible that ...
9
votes
1answer
227 views

80+ year old voting difference

I've heard it claimed that the voting patterns for those aged 80 and older tend to differ from those age 65-79. That the fact that they are of an age old enough to remember the war, the days before ...
4
votes
0answers
70 views

Provisional Ballots in Ohio and the Larry Harmon case

The US Supreme court is hearing arguments over the state rights to purge voter rolls. The case arises from an Ohio voter (Larry Harmon) who was purged from the voter rolls. My first question is a ...
2
votes
2answers
102 views

Is there any political theory addressing uncounted but traceable second ballots?

A theory has occurred to me recently. Like most ideas, the first step is figuring out whether someone else has already had it. Suppose we want to maintain the secret ballot. One downside to the ...
-1
votes
1answer
71 views

Tie Breaking in Final Round of Ranked Choice Vote

Been thinking about RCV a lot because Virginia (where I live) may pass a bill to use it in state elections. Also been thinking about ties in elections because one of the delegate districts here is ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How do US Senate Elections Work?

Do all the votes in a precinct go to the majority candidate (eg winner take all) and then the tallies added up by precinct? Or do they take the simple majority in the state?
-6
votes
3answers
315 views

Why are people with severe intellectual impairments allowed to vote in the UK? [duplicate]

As the above title states, I'd like some insight into how this decision has been justified. What justifications have been used by politicians to enable people that are not mentally capable of making ...
7
votes
5answers
397 views

Past population imposing election results to future population - Brexit

If Brexit ever happens, it will not be until at least March of 2019, which is 2.5 years after the vote. Since the old were more likely to vote Leave than the young (e.g. here), the passage of time ...
3
votes
2answers
174 views

What do you call it when everyone gets an equal vote on how taxes are spent?

I had an idea and was wondering if there's a term for it or if there might even be groups or research surrounding this policy. The basic idea is that each year citizens of a country would vote for ...
2
votes
2answers
268 views

To what extent do religious congregations in the US advocate a political party?

In the United States, to what extent do religious congregations advocate a political party, candidate, or political spectrum (liberal vs conservative)? The geological scope of my question is just the ...
4
votes
2answers
197 views

Does open-list proportional representation have an advantage over single transferable vote (STV)?

I'm a Canadian struggling to understand what voting system would be the best for my country as an alternative to first-past-the-post. STV appears to be better than proportional representation because ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

Are there any implementations of Online Deliberation?

Wikipedia says Online Deliberation is the practice and research related to the design, implementation and study of deliberative processes that rely on the use of electronic information and ...
9
votes
4answers
670 views

How to recount ballots with minimal influence of outliers?

I've noticed some unusual voting on an online poll I'm running for work (Ranked choice). It's nothing serious, however as the results are open to everyone (as a matter of transparency). I have had ...
2
votes
1answer
198 views

Formula for efficiency gap calculation when there are more than two candidates

I've been having trouble finding an authoritative definition of the efficiency gap when more than 2 parties are involved. Ballotopedia points to an article by Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Eric McGhee, ...
14
votes
3answers
3k views

Why do proportional representation voting systems not evolve to first past the post systems?

The first past the post voting system tends to favour a two-party system. Suppose an election is held using a proportional representation voting system. Then suppose that the two largest parties, ...
5
votes
2answers
295 views

How does the argument go that gerrymandering restricts freedom of association?

According to a the Washington Post's The Supreme Court will examine partisan gerrymandering in 2017. That could change the voting map.: One thing that distinguished Whitford from the many previous ...
-1
votes
1answer
187 views

Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite with a ballot? [closed]

Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite, being held in Australia, using the ballot itself? I've heard people advocate glitter bombing, but I assume it'll mainly result in the people ...
3
votes
2answers
268 views

Did those who voted to stay in the EC also vote to leave the EU?

A question popped into my mind the other day concerning the two referenda concerning the European Union issued by the UK Government. The first took place on 5 June 1975 on whether the UK should stay ...