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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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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Can Democratic proposals for consistent minimum standards for voting rules succeed? [closed]

Democrats have bitterly complained about the wave of new rules about voter registration and access to polling stations being enacted by many state republican administrations after the 2020 elections. ...
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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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Efficiency gap threshold when there are more than two candidates

I've been working on extending Stephanopoulos-McGhee's definition of the efficiency gap using the method outlined in following Stack Exchange post. It seems that extending the definition of wasted ...
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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 would happen if Senators boycotted the Impeachment Vote

I know it would take a 2/3rds majority vote in the Senate to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. But what if a substantial number of Senators boycotted the trial, and declined to ...
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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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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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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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