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Does allowing Commonwealth citizens to vote in UK elections have any practical impact on those elections?

Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK are generally allowed to vote in UK elections, even if they aren't British citizens. There's been some controversy over this provision. For example, Migration ...
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What is the point in having a democracy if it is unable to elect the smartest people? [closed]

Check this answer: https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/11185/32479 The government is supposed to be representative of its people. If the people are a bunch of idiots then the government should ...
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How does Brazil ensure their voters know which electoral candidate corresponds to which number?

In Brazil, voting is done with electronic voting machines that resemble telephone panels. Voters key in the number of their preferred candidate, and the machine logs the result. While this voting ...
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How often have a same pair of candidates from the two major parties faced off in multiple Senate or House elections?

In CA–27, Republican Mike Garcia and Democrat Christy Smith have once again advanced to the general election. This marks their third straight match-up, following the CA–25 special election on May 12, ...
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Why don't governments publish raw IRV/STV election data, rather than summary statistics?

We're in the middle of a Federal election here in Australia, and many of us have been following the ABC news reports enthusiastically. This has me wondering, why is it that we must turn to the ABC ...
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Counties Democrats and Republicans never won on any statewide level since 2016?

A lot of people talk about blue counties and red states and counties. But I want to know how consistently blue or red different counties are. This is especially relevant given how different governor ...
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What is the basis on which expats are allowed to vote in their home countries? [duplicate]

Despite being an expat (having a long-term permanent residence in a another country and not paying any taxes or similar obligations back in my country of citizenship), I still have the right to vote ...
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What management structure permits democratically elected managers or bosses?

Has anyone performed an abstract analysis of management structures, almost like what game theory is to games? And which management structure permits democratic elections, which is a political process, ...
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Who are the "international observers" at elections to determine if they are free and fair?

We often hear that "international observers" deemed that certain elections were fair or unfair. But who exactly are the groups or people among these international observers and who chooses ...
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Evidence of widespread voter fraud stemming from absentee ballots

This article makes the claim that voter fraud stemming from absentee ballots could have had a major impact on the recent California recall election. Is there any evidence from this election or others ...
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Does annexation of eastern regions of Ukraine impact elections [closed]

I believe it's established that the eastern parts of Ukraine are more pro-Russia than the western parts. (please correct me if I misunderstood that) Does the annexation of Crimea and the potential ...
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Are there elections where the result tally is made public before the election is complete?

The usual way of conducting elections is to start counting votes after the polls are closed or at least to only start announcing results after the last voter has cast their vote. There’s always some ...
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What accounts for the high support for the official position in Cuban referenda?

In Cuba, there have been several national referenda or petitions on major constitutional or governmental matters which have been reported to have extremely high support for the "official" ...
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What is the lowest number/percentage of votes technically required to form a government in a list PR system?

In a totally hypothetical scenario, what is the lowest number/percentage of votes required to form a government in a democratic list Proportional representation system? Assume there are no artificial ...
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Why do Democrats make a big deal about new voting restrictions if research suggests they may backfire?

In previous elections, Democrats such as Stacey Abrams publicly said that the election system was being rigged against them by certain laws. While they put together a persuasive case, there is also ...
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Is it better to vote for underdog or second candidate in order to lower the top candidate chances?

In Czech Republic there will be parliament elections soon. There are two major coalitions which have similar chance of winning (lets call them A and B). I prefer the B wins, even though I don't align ...
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Can this paradox happen in single transferable vote?

Suppose we conduct a single transferable vote election and everyone has given their ranked preference of candidates. If we use these votes to elect three candidates, we get candidates A, B, and C. If ...
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Under post-1946 TWP-rule, roughly what percentage of adult Liberians could effectively vote?

I'm trying to understand (in a nutshell) how it came be that The nation was virtually governed as a one-party state under the TWP, although opposition parties were never outlawed. while at the same ...
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Is there research to support the claim that "expanding the electorate" is an unworkable strategy?

Bernie Sanders claimed that "expanding the electorate" is a viable strategy for winning the 2020 presidential election. Even more importantly, they could prove Sanders’s theory of winning ...
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What are the best choices of voting systems for a relatively small number of voters [closed]

Ranked choice with 4-5 options doesn't really seem to work / can be easily gamed with 4-5 voters. What options give the best way to ensuring more people are happy with the result?
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Can Democratic politicians vote in Texas while they're arrested?

Texas governor Greg Abbott has said that the Democrat politicians who refuse to allow a quorum to be formed, thereby blocking legislation, will be arrested. But can the Democratic politicians form a ...
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Is there any research about the number of people potentially affected by voting bills? [closed]

I've read that Texas and some other states are passing restrictive voting laws. Citation from Texas Tribune: The bill includes proposals to ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting options like those ...
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Who is the Condorcet winner of NYC's 2021 mayoral Democratic primary?

The 2021 mayoral primary in New York City was done using Instant Runoff Voting ("Ranked Choice Voting"). This system does not necessarily elect the Condorcet winner, if one exists. (The ...
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Would a member of Congress be able to legally cast a vote via Zoom if they were away?

This could be a good defense against coups because representatives and senators could vote on issues even if a violent group took over the Capitol.
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Do gun permits that can be used as voter ID all have a photo?

Some types of identification have photographs (e.g. driver's licenses), whereas others do not (e.g. Social Security cards). This answer has a nice graph that shows that over recent years, not only ...
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Why was 2020 a depolarization election?

A lot of attention was given to the fact that Trump did better with Democratic leaning groups especially Hispanics, while Biden did better with Republican leaning groups like married men and ...
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"Shut out" districts in 2021's NYC Republican mayoral primary -- how did they vote in the Democratic primary and 2020 presidential race combined?

Looking at the 2021 mayoral election, I have seen more shut-out precincts in the NYC mayoral primary than in other elections in this city. I understand there are caveats to talking about the shut out ...
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Why aren't state and federal prisons forced to allow prison inmates to vote at least in federal elections?

Someone claimed that current prisoners are allowed to run for federal offices like the House of Representatives and fact checkers said that was true. We are not talking about people released but ...
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If the US congress extended the Section 5 preclearance requirement in the Voting Rights act another 25 years in 2006, why might it not apply in 2020?

Wikipedia's Voting Rights Act of 1965; Amendments says: Congress enacted major amendments to the Act in 1970, 1975, 1982, 1992, and 2006. Each amendment coincided with an impending expiration of some ...
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Is disenfranchising deceased persons a common practice in the US?

According to this Michigan Senate Report it appears that a voter who has (in apparent good faith) cast a ballot prior to election day may have that ballot nullified if they die prior to election day. ...
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How will New York City physically implement the ranked choice voting algorithm with thousands of unique mayoral votings possible?

Politico's New Yorkers pick a new mayor after chaotic, historic primary begins: NEW YORK — Polls have closed in New York City’s first ever ranked-choice election and, while the die has been cast, ...
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Which countries besides the United States allow voting in federal elections without a voter ID? [duplicate]

When trying to locate a answer for this question I was only able to find results which provided examples of countries which did not allow voting without some form of ID. Besides certain states within ...
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Is there objective proof that recent bills (1st half of 2021) that restrict voting are targeting Democratic voters specifically?

In 2016, Georgia and Arizona had 2 Republican senators. This year, in 2021, they both have 2 Democratic senators each. There are rumors that the GOP is trying to stop groups of people who are more ...
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New Mexico special margin -- was it record breaking?

My question: When was the last time a special election candidate whose seat was vacated because of a Cabinet selection outperformed the previous time the House race on the ballot? What makes this ...
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What aspects of voting in the USA are left to the states and what are controlled by the federal government?

As far as I understand it, the implementation of voting is left up to the individual states in the USA. On the other hand, federal legislation and rulings by the Supreme Court have certainly affected ...
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Where can New Mexico early voting statistics be obtained?

I am following the special election in New Mexico's 1st district. I found this from an article here: According to the Secretary of State’s Office, more than 1,000 Democrats have voted, about 400 ...
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Why are many college towns so Democratic?

I have been looking at college towns. I took a picture of their average precinct in the 2020 presidential election. University of Michigan average precinct: These college towns are recording ...
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Is there evidence that Georgia's law banning third party delivery of snacks and water would likely hurt Democrats in the state?

A few weeks ago, Georgia signed a law that, among other things: Does not allow offering food or water to voters. It makes it a CRIME to do that. Cuts the runoff period from 9 to 4 weeks. Bans no ...
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What voting system are we using over on CGCC to elect chat ROs?

Currently, over on CodeGolf.SE (CGCC for short), we are holding an informal election for new room owners of our main chat room. As this is an informal election, we haven't asked SE for the same ...
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Voting system with two votes as a defense against fear of voting for a loser - is it anywhere in the world?

In some countries there is a big fear among voters of voting for a party that doesn't end up in the parliament because they didn't reach the minimum threshold of votes, making their votes go in vain. ...
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How variable are US voter registration and voting rules among US states and how do those compare with international norms?

How different are the rules for registration and voting in different states, (specifically the rules on early voting and the rules on access to polling places during voting), and how do those ...
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What is the rationale behind making it illegal to hand out water to voters in line in Georgia?

From S.B. 202 (emphasis added): No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, ...
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If the Democrats get rid of the filibuster to pass voting rights can the next congress repeal these voting rights with a simple majority?

If the Democrats get rid of the filibuster to pass voting rights can the next congress repeal these voting rights with a simple majority? Targeting State Restrictions, House Passes Landmark Voting ...
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How long do states have to vote on Constitutional amendments passed by congress? Are there any in limbo?

I am curious to know if states have a specific timeline for voting to ratify a Constitutional amendment and if there are any that have been passed by congress but not enough states have voted to allow ...
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Is there an election System that allows for seats to be empty?

Is there an election System that allows for potential seats to be empty? E.g if there are 7 seats that could potentially be filled but the people voting only want 5 to be filled. For context: We are ...
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What is a common failure rate in postal voting?

According to reporting by Omroep West, a postal voting trial in The Hague failed with over half of the ballots ruled invalid. The trial is an experiment for the upcoming general election in the ...
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What happens to the physical votes after an election is complete and certified in the US?

After an election has ended and the winner determined and results certified, what happens to the actual physical ballots? Are they destroyed or stored elsewhere?
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Name of a voting system where you can transfer your vote to anyone at any time

I remember reading about a theoretical electoral system where votes are passed on in a continuously changing graph. I would like to know the name or origin of this system. This is my approximate ...
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When was the idea of universal adult suffrage first conceived, and by whom?

I understand that universal adult suffrage has its basis in universal manhood suffrage (1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen). It was then extended to include all adult women, ...
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How much of votes in the European Parliament fall on party (group) lines as opposed to country (groups) lines?

Some votes in the European Parliament fall on geographical/country lines. I'm pretty sure (many) others probably fall on a more traditional ideological (e.g. left-right) divide between EP party groups ...
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