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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Why are congressional votes not secret?

In general, a person in the United States has the right to vote. As far as I can tell, this vote is private—no one else knows who you voted for. Why are the votes in congress public? Wouldn't it help ...
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Is the Republican Party on the decline due to the voting patterns of young voters? [closed]

I've seen a lot of questions lately asking if the Republican Party is on the decline. Most people who ask this question focus on the fact that White Anglos are expected to become a minority in a few ...
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Has any European far-right party managed to enter the legislative body relying almost exclusively on social media promoting?

Romanian has recently held the general elections and a far-right party managed to enter the Parliament. This is not a surprise in itself since the COVID-19 crisis helps rising the popularity of such ...
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Time to reconsider the secret ballot methodology?

Question: Has there ever been any surveys asking people if they think the secret ballot methodology currently used today is still a good idea in modern times? I'd love to ask why we have not explored ...
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Have Texas voters ever selected a Democrat for President?

This last American election gave me the impression that Texas voters were awfully close to electing a liberal, which is something to me that would be incredible. Apparently Biden got 46% of the vote ...
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Has California released its certified presidential election results online?

The media is reporting that California has certified its results for the presidential election. However, I can’t find the certified vote totals online. A quick check on the California Secretary of ...
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What would a “signature audit” accomplish in the Georgia election?

POTUS and the Governor Kemp of Georgia have both requested a "signature audit" of the absentee ballot envelopes used in the Nov 3 Presidential election. Link What would such an audit ...
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Why was/is Wayne County Michigan so consistent in support for Democratic presidential candidates?

There is a county in Michigan called Wayne County. It holds Detroit. It has consistently given Democrats majorities of its vote since 1932. Why has this county been voting Democrat for so long? Was it ...
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Who can vote in Tibet elections and where would it take place?

The Tibet government in exile is about to have their elections soon. Tibetans staying around the world would go to India (correct? or can they vote in their countries too?) and would vote for their ...
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What has been the approximate incidence of top-bottom election fraud in the US 2020 election, ie. irregularities?

The cases of voter intimidation and voter fraud seem to be rare. So if I were to study voter fraud of a scale large enough to overturn the election, I would investigate whether some counties show ...
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Does each ballot have a unique number?

In today's press conference, Link see at 46min 45 sec, Sidney Powell, attorney for Trump challenging the voting results in several states made the following statement" "We have evidence of ...
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Where can I find detailed information on the votes that were tallied in the 2020 election?

I need a comprehensive dataset showing when individual votes were cast and for whom across the USA in the 2020 general election. I can find totals on the county websites and presidential candidate ...
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Are there prior occasions on which vote certification was successfully rescinded in a US election?

According to CNN: two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers want to "rescind" their votes to certify the presidential results from the county, the largest in Michigan ...
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Did the Republican shift among Hispanic voters come entirely from Florida and the Rio Grande Valley?

In 2016, exit polls showed Clinton getting 70% of the two-party Latino vote but Biden only got 67%. I looked at the exit polls for Florida and the data for the RGV and found that the vote share for ...
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How many ballots have been sequestered in Pennsylvania and Michigan?

By court orders, Pennsylvania and Michigan have been commanded to sequester domestic ballots that arrived at counting stations after the traditional deadlines. For the purposes of this question, it is ...
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What states used voting equipment by Dominion Voting Systems for the 2020 election (if any)?

I heard about that "Dominion" system of electronic voting. Did any states use it during the 2020 election? And if so, which exactly?
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Has anyone gained power via election fraud?

Elections are generally associated with democracy, but they do happen in dictatorships as well. The difference is that the election result in a dictatorship is manipulated to confirm the current ...
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Could blockchain voting bring both secrecy and traceability to elections? [closed]

This was raised in a comment in another thread and a user: It's not impossible, especially not with the kind of technology we have today. When you cast a vote, you could be given a randomly generated ...
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What is the specific mechanism of voting done by the electoral college?

When the electoral college meets to vote on the next president, how does this vote take place? Do the members fill out a ballot privately; with those ballots then collected and counted? Or are the the ...
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What projections are there, if any, of the final margin of the election?

At this point, Biden is the president-elect, with every major network including Fox having called the election in his favor, and with a probable end result of 306 electoral votes to 232 for Trump. ...
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Why don't Democrat or Republican partisans register and vote in swing states?

Since swing states are often the deciding factor in US presidential elections, why don't Democrat or Republican partisans register and vote in swing states? Or perhaps they are already doing so and it'...
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Can a third-party candidate “donate” their votes to another candidate?

Is there any provision in US constitution which allows one candidate, say Jo Jorgensen, to “donate” their votes in a given state to another candidate?
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Why aren't the US presidential election results posted only once the winner has been decided?

The slowness of the vote counting during the 2020 US presidential elections seems to fair a few amount of turmoil, especially given the vote-by-mail voter distribution. Why aren't the US presidential ...
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What exactly happens in a ballot recount (Wisconsin for example)?

I am intrigued by the mechanism of ballot recounts. In Wisconsin, for example, this NPR article quotes a spokesperson, Murtaugh, who claims that some ballots in Milwaukee County had been "cured&...
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Why don't more democratic countries reject all candidates if NOTA exceed candidates's votes?

Why don't more democratic countries have the option to allow voters to vote NOTA ("None of the above") and reject all candidates if NOTA exceed candidates's votes? Doing that would leave ...
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Where do all the US votes go?

I would like to know where all the US votes go during the 2020 general election? I am a data analyst by training and I would like to perform my own analysis on these data. News searches right now are ...
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Trump was behind on November 5th. Why was he calling for vote counting to stop?

This CNN article, and others, reported that Trump asked for vote counting to stop, and threatening legal action to do so. I can (sort of) understand calls for a recount, but, if he was behind, what ...
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Why is there so much campaign-like activity after the polls have been closed?

2020 US Presidential elections polls have closed, but there is still high activity coming from candidates almost as if they are still campaigning (e.g. 1, 2). From a layman living outside the US, this ...
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Why is vote counting made so laborious in the US?

At the UK General Election in 2015, the constituency of Houghton & Sunderland South, declared its result in under 49 minutes, from close of polling.   Polling stations at UK parliamentary ...
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How did the US end up so evenly split?

When looking at the popular vote for 2016, about 49% to 51%, and the current numbers for 2020, it's astonishing how close it is — how evenly the country is divided. Surely this is unexpected and ...
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How do I explain the difference between mathematical elimination and disenfranchisement?

A common complaint I have heard (mostly in US primary elections but in other places as well) is that because some states conduct their elections sooner than others, the outcome can be a foregone ...
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On the AP/Google election tracker, are 'Electoral Votes' describing Electoral College votes?

As someone outside of the US, I'm finding it a little hard to interpret the results from the current election tracker widget that google is using to display the election results. When the graph is ...
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During a US election, are mailed-in votes counted first, second or there is no order?

Is there a specific order for which ballots are counted first, or are mailed-in ballots and in-person ballots counted in different locations and therefore are done at the same time?
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Are small parties wasted votes? [closed]

Why are there parties other than the Democratic and Republican ones? I understand their existences, but aren't they basically just taking away votes from Biden at this point? Why would anyone vote ...
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Are the Associated Press results official or just projections?

The current live map of electoral college votes on the NYTimes and Google shows that the races are called by the Associated Press. As mentioned by the answers to some recent questions, AP uses an ...
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Why is the AP calling Virginia in favor of Biden even though he's behind on the vote count?

What other determinants are they using to make the call?
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Why are there so few polling sites in New York?

Early voting is open in many places, including New York City. The New York Times reports long lines at the polling stations with waiting times of several hours, sometimes deterring voters. It reports ...
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In the present health crisis, do states plan to open their polling station for longer hours?

I am always astonished at the shortness of the voting day in the US. In Britain at general elections the polls are open across the whole country from 7.00am till 10.00pm. As a result they do not ...
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Why are there such long waits to vote in the US?

Early voting has started in the US Presidential elections and one article that caught my eye today was regarding the waiting times to vote. AOC criticises ‘unacceptable’ lines at New York polling ...
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What US states allow voting from space?

Answers to How do US citizens vote in space? tell us that this is possible and outline the history, and that the state of Texas has specific provisions since most US astronauts active in trips to ...
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What are the rules regarding the presence of political supporter groups at polling stations?

Here is an example of Trump supporters' presence at a polling station, and the article mentions: Election officials said that the group stayed about 100 feet from the entrance to the building and, ...
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What were the wait times at polling places in other elections in 2020?

I'm looking to put the wait times at polling places during the 2020 US Presidential election in context. So for comparison I'd like any information about wait times for voters in other elections ...
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How could I build a political system immune to gerrymandering yet still giving local representation?

For a hypothetical world, how can I build a political system in which: People are represented by someone local to them. And: The number of representatives elected representing a movement in total ...
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Why am I being asked to vote?

I keep getting letters and postcards urging me to vote. It's not specifying why or for whom, just says "vote!" I keep asking myself - why are they (who?) interested in people going to vote? ...
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Is forcing ballot secrecy a first amendment violation?

I have seen that there are laws barring people from taking pictures of their votes. The purpose of these laws is typically to prevent vote buying. I believe that this prevents legitimate public ...
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Ballot Stubs, is this a voter's secrecy issue?

Below is pictured the bottom stub on an Ohio ballot. If you are mailing in a ballot, dropping off at a drop box your instructions are to "do not remove this stub". What is the function of ...
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Can I confirm my identity at the polling station without taking off the mask?

My country has an upcoming elections soon. On the polling station I will need to confirm my identity with photo ID; this implies taking off the mask in a crowded place. I take social-distancing ...
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Why do Senators and Representatives miss so many votes?

We send these people to Washington to do one main job: to vote on bills to make them laws. For example, in the 115th Congress, 33 Representatives and three Senators missed 10% or more of votes, across ...
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Which directly elected official has received the most votes in a personal capacity?

In America, the president is indirectly elected, even though most voters' ballots would list the candidates by name. In 2016, Trump received 304 electoral votes. In parliamentary systems, the PM still ...
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Ballot Secrecy - is it a Voter's Privilege or a Voter's Obligation?

Specifically with regard to the secrecy of a voter's own ballot, is that a voter's privilege or does a voter have an obligation to keep his ballot secret? The various states have provided mechanisms ...

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