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Is there a reason why so many Latin America countries enforce compulsory voting?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting#/media/File:Compulsory_voting.svg It seems like most Latin America country enforce compulsory ...
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Was 1992 Bosnian Independence referendum a sham voting, in light of 99.7% of votes "For"? [closed]

One thing that caught my eye in the referendum results cited in Wikipedia seemed improbably high at 92.7% for the independence. The turnout to the referendums was reported as 63.7%, with 92.7% of ...
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Is an 'Against' vote by one of the five permanent members in UNSC a default veto?

Watching the recent US veto in UNSC against the cease fire in Gaza resolution I noticed that there was no explicit use of veto, it was just the US voting 'Against'. I thought that a permanent member ...
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To what extent if any did the Koch brothers facilitate an "attack on voting rights... that began after 2008"?

In CNN's November 30, 2023 Will Koch’s endorsement be enough for Nikki Haley to beat Trump?, civil rights attorney Maya Wiley responds to a question about financial support linked to the Koch brothers ...
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How would electoral votes be cast if the winning presidential candidate was a write-in?

If a write-in candidate won the November 2024 general election for President in some state, how would electors be chosen, since no political party had appointed electors in advance for that candidate?
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In the UK, what are the votes that started as voiced but passed into the divisions for more formal voting?

Following my previous question, I've learned from comments that many votes in the UK are voiced. According to what I was able to gather the Speaker of the House determines if a vote will be voice and ...
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Congressional vs. Party Votes: Secrets & Differences

In the domain of voting methodologies, what moral, ethical, and procedural distinctions arise when comparing secret ballots in congressional votes and party votes? Why do the principles and rationales ...
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Election disruption caused by ballot typographic error or omission

Has there ever been an instance of where a typographic error or omission on a paper ballot led to a delay or postponement of an election? I would assume that filing deadlines are set in part to allow ...
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Did the countries which vote on July 12th against the UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry vote for the same reason?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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Why did Chile and Mexico abstain from voting, on the July 12th UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry?

UN motion after Sweden Quran burning: How did your country vote? The motion called for countries to review their laws and plug gaps that may “impede the prevention and prosecution of acts and ...
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What is the maximum number of seats possible in the Bundestag?

As we know, the German Bundestag uses a mixed-member proportional (MMP) electoral system, with constituency votes that are majoritarian (299 seats) and party votes that are proportional (299 seats), ...
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How did the adoption of compulsory voting in Australia impact the partisan balance there?

Compulsory voting was introduced in Australia: for state elections in Queensland in 1915, excluding Indigenous Australians. Victoria introduced compulsory voting in 1926, New South Wales and Tasmania ...
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Pennsylvania mail in return rates 2023 primary? [closed]

In Pennsylvania, there is a municipal primary happening with Election Day on May 16. I have not been able to find data on Pennsylvania's mail request data but I have a feeling it exists because such ...
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Will we know after the election how many people are denied a vote because of the new ID rules?

In the UK on Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections are taking place across England. To vote at a polling station, you will need to bring photo ID. This is a new law introduced by the current ...
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Is Norway a rentier and resource-dependent country?

I have been reading a lot on the rentier state literature and have noticed that papers published in the last two decades focus on the typical rentier cases such as Saudi Arabia or Venezuela. However, ...
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Is it possible to expand voting right by ordinary legislation provided that there is no explicit constitutional restriction?

I have noticed that while many constitutions guarantee voting rights for its citizens, these provisions are often phrased in a way that does not preclude expanding such right to people beyond the ...
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What is an example of a political process in which every person’s vote amounts to something?

One of the most common grievances against elections is that it doesn’t matter if you vote because it won’t make a difference how the world is or significantly sway the outcome of an election. What is ...
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Requirements for citizens living outside the US to vote in elections

In the United States, people who are not residents of individual states cannot vote in federal elections for President, Senators, and Representatives. However, US troops stationed overseas are allowed ...
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Which countries allow MPs to vote by proxy?

According to this article, an MP can vote by proxy in the UK: (..) the Commons has reverted to its usual rules and processes for voting, meaning that divisions take place in person with proxy votes ...
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What is the significance of the non-dictatorship principle in Arrow's theorem, and does this example fit the definition of a dictator? [duplicate]

Arrow's non-dictatorship principle states that "no single voter possesses the power to always determine the group's preference." I am unsure if I am missing some nuance from this definition, ...
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As a voter in a democratic country, how can I influence a single issue?

If I am a regular citizen in a democratic country, I exercise my political power by voting (somehow) for regional leaders and the national leader. If I agree with all the positions of a particular ...
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Why would voting for a US House Speaker candidate from a majority party be "taboo" and punishable if you're a member of a minority party?

If I'm a US House representative and a member of the numerical minority party, and the majority party is struggling to get consensus on a candidate for House Speaker that I find particularly ...
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What was the median difference between governor and Senate results in 2022?

I am curious about what the effect of split-ticket voting is/was in 2022. There appears to have been a decent amount of it when Warnock put the Senate election into a runoff and Brian Kemp won almost ...
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Can I Vote Via Absentee Ballot in the 2022 Georgia Run-Off Election?

The senate race between Raphael Warnock and Hershel Walker is projected to go to a run-off election, to be held sometime in December. I did not vote in yesterday's election. I am eligible to vote in ...
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How are party presidents elected in India?

Who is eligible to vote for a party president in India? Take, for example, the Indian National Congress. The Indian Express says: Outgoing Congress president Sonia Gandhi visited party chief-elect ...
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Do parliamentary systems necessarily have episodes when replacement leaders can assume and keep power with very limited popular mandates and appeal?

Note: this isn't a dig at UK govt or promoting other systems. Not even all that much at Truss - I'll add another PM from a different ideological lean if representative of issue. Just a question ...
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Traditionally, and currently, what stops human vote counters from altering ballots to make them 'Spoilt / Invalid votes?

Traditionally, and currently, what stops human vote counters from altering ballots to make them 'Spoilt / Invalid votes' ? Referring to - Spoilt vote / Invalid vote So if a theoretically dishonest ...
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How prevalent is AI in electoral counting in different countries, or why is it not more prevalent?

How prevalent is AI in electoral counting in different countries, or why is it not more prevalent ? I see an ideal electoral counting system as one using both AI and human counters At each human ...
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Is there a constitutional contradiction to prohibit discrimination based on nationality while restricting voting right based on nationality?

Many countries have constitutional provisions which prohibit discrimination based on certain characteristics (i.e. age, nationality, etc) while also - within the same constitution - having ...
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How can we identify if a certain political strategy led to the popularity of a party?

Suppose there is a political party X with a set of policies Y, how could we identify from the set of policies y, those policy which led to popularity of a party? The motivation for the question was ...
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Did the 2022 Alaska congressional special election have a Condorcet winner, who was not elected?

Does anyone know if Begich may have been the Condorcet winner? Nic Tideman emailed me a few days ago, asking me this question. I sure as hell do not know unless we can get the records of the ...
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Why are non-voters taxed?

One of the major criticisms of the British government that led to the American War for Independence was "taxation without representation." Why are people who are not eligible to vote taxed? ...
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What can I do if the candidates running in local/State elections do not have a opinion on the issues I care about? [closed]

What can I do if the candidates running in local/State elections do not have a opinion on the issues I care about? I still want to cast a meaningful vote on the candidate most likely caring about my ...
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Are monarchies like Kuwait authoritarian, autocratic, constitutional monarchies, or mixed political systems?

I am trying to find a clear conceptual difference in terms of how different monarchies are defined or classified. For example, let's consider three countries with monarchies: Kuwait, UAE, and Norway. ...
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How do US states maintain a secret ballot using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail?

How have US states implemented Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail in their voting systems? In particular, how is the secrecy of votes insured? I note that it would be compromised if bulletins where ...
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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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