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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What is the rationale of holding national parliament snap elections after the EU elections results?

Short background In November 2015 the Romanian PM resigned due to street pressure related to a nightclub fire and the President managed to negotiate with the parties to sustain a technocratic ...
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Special unofficial nationwide vote/poll in 1994 in the United States of America

In 1994 (+/- 1 year) in the United States of America the was some special public vote. The vote itself was related to some agreement made by a smaller group of politicians. I believe it began as ...
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Why are British voters more likely to back the main parties in general elections than in European Parliament elections?

Recently, in the United Kingdom European Union Parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party won the most seats, with 30.5% of the vote. There are claims from Nigel Farage and others that the Brexit Party ...
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Real-time online voting

I’m aware that online voting has been adopted in a (limited) number of jurisdictions across the world. As far as I’m aware, all these systems work in a very similar way to a paper ballot, you cast ...
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How are Blank votes distributed in the Portuguese legislative elections?

In the Portuguese legislative elections, are blank votes distributed equally by all parties or it depends on any factor?
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What can a person do if she could not cast her vote during EU parliamentary elections?

European Parliament elections has passed and Romanian diaspora once again had serious difficulties in casting a vote (Bristol Post, Dubai City Reporter, Vice). Thousands of Romanian diaspora ...
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What is the difference between nullifying your vote and not going to vote at all?

When there are multiple parties to vote with (let's say A, and B), what difference does it make when one nullifies their vote compared with another person that does not vote at all? I heard some ...
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Why does it take so long to count the last 30% of votes in an Australian federal election?

I've noticed over several federal elections in Australia that around 70% of the votes are counted on election night. However, it then takes days, sometimes weeks to count the remaining 30% of the ...
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The LNP won the election, but lost my district. Do they still follow through on what my local representative said they'd do if they won?

The LNP won the election, but lost my district. The promises that my LNP representative made, are they still going to happen, even though he lost?
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What drawbacks are there in preferential voting? [duplicate]

I recently discovered that Australia uses the preferential voting system. It looks like a great system, so great that I do not see any immediate drawbacks. What are they?
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What is the smallest margin an Australian Federal or State seat has ever been won by?

What's the smallest difference between the winner and the next party in any state or federal election in Australia. Interested in both percentage and absolute count.
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Why do Australian states have different rules for senate voting to the federal government?

There seems to be a difference in rules for voting for the states and the federal government in Australia. For example, in the state of Victoria, you only have to enter 1 preference in the top line on ...
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In Pennsylvania, are there legal limits to how often you can switch political parties?

In the state of Pennsylvania, is it permissible to routinely change political parties, independent of a change or lack-thereof to one's permanent political views? For example, one may wish to switch ...
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Is there any constituency where the right to vote is based on knowledge? [duplicate]

Yes, a somewhat similar question was asked 2 years ago... Issue-Specific Knowledge Tests For Voting Let's give it another spin. Is there a place -- whether it is a country, city or even an ...
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Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office

Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office? Is it possible to vote in both countries and run for public office i
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How many local recounts were conducted in the Scottish independence referendum?

A 2014 article in the Telegraph noted that The chief counting officer for the Scottish independence referendum has confirmed there can be no national recount even if the result is close. But ...
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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 ...