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 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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Does stronger geographic representation lead to stronger regional identities?

Are there any studies which would conclude whether stronger geographic representation in voting systems is a significant contributor to strong regional identities in a country?
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Which provision allowed Turkish speakers in the Netherlands to vote without Dutch proficiency?

An accepted answer to an unrelated question includes the statement: I myself am a Dutch conservative and personally find it ridiculous that some of our districts have voting ballots that are not in ...
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If a state's popular vote is tied, who gets the Electoral votes?

Most states use a winner-takes-all approach for Electoral votes. What if a state's popular vote is tied? For example, Florida in 2000 was extremely close. Bush received 2,912,790 votes and Gore ...
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What are election poll watchers (challengers) permitted to do in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, poll watchers (challengers) have to be registered and must reside in the county that they will be "working" in. They can challenge a voter's right to vote, but they can not ...
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Does the PA Supreme Court ruling disenfranchise some voters on a trivial technicality? [closed]

According to NBCnews et al, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that ballots that are returned (by mail) without the "secrecy envelope" are to be rejected. Public officials (for example: ...
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Is the ballot service in America secret or open? [closed]

How is the American voting system? Is the voting secret or open? Do people need to identify themselves as belonging to a particular party? Going further, am I allowed to vote for Republicans if I &...
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Why isn't mail-in voting allowed in France?

AP news states flatly that: Mail-in voting isn’t allowed in France. What's the usual reason invoked by French politicians in making this prohibition?
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Quantitative estimate of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?

Has anyone made well-informed, quantitative estimates of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?
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Was Hawaii the only state that never voted significantly more Republican than the national average? [closed]

I have read something (I don't remember where) that said: Hawaii is the only state that never voted significantly more Republican than the nation as a whole. Its Democratic lean was more established ...
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Are Americans getting a notice when their mail vote is rejected?

When Americans vote by mail in time (the vote did not arrive too late) and their vote is rejected, are they getting a notice that their vote was rejected?
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Did it ever happen for some US votes not to get tabulated?

Donald Trump said this in 2020 On your ballots, if you get the unsolicited ballots, send it in and then go make sure it counted, and then if it doesn’t tabulate, you vote. YouTube video But did that ...
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Do black republican candidates increase Democratic turnout?

I was thinking about an interesting effect that I noticed in Mia Love's race. Out of 2018's Utah House races, her district got the most votes for a Democrat in the state of Utah. (This may not be ...
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Would a rational voter with a lower IQ vote differently than one with a higher IQ? [closed]

I recently came across the claim that American liberals do, on average, score higher on IQ tests than American conservatives. Being a conservative I spent some time considering how I should feel about ...
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Range of vote percentages in DC in 2012 and 2016 for president?

I want to know the range of two-party votes for the Republican presidential candidate that 95% of precincts fell in. The other 5% has slightly less or more. And, I would like to see a bar graph for ...
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Are there any specific reasons why President Trump has suggested that his supporters illegally vote twice in North Carolina?

Recently, the current United States President suggested that people in North Carolina vote twice in the upcoming election: once by postal vote and once in person. Apparently there are measures in ...
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Is there any evidence that closing of polling places in the USA was done to disenfranchise certain voters?

There is a lot of talk about the closing of polling places, especially in the southern states, but is there any evidence that it was done for any reason besides financial? Reuters USA Today The ...
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How do Republicans explain consistently losing the popular vote in presidential elections since 1992?

I was wondering about how the Republican Party has only won the popular vote once in three decades in a presidential election. Seven out of eight presidential popular votes were won by Democrats. This ...
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When voting for US president are signatures always compared by a volunteer to previous signature on record? Is there any training for this?

updates: Politico 2020-10-23 Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ballots can’t be rejected based on signature comparisons Los Angeles Times 2020-10-28 ‘Ripe for error’: Ballot signature verification is ...
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Why do white voters in the southern US not vote for Democrats? [duplicate]

I was thinking about how the states in the southern US are reliably red at large despite their large black populations which votes for Democrats. I read about it and found that over 70% of white ...
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Should mailed ballots that are submitted AFTER deadlines be counted? (US) [closed]

I believe that all US states have statutory requirements for when mailed ballots are eligible to be counted. These statutory requirements are published and available to the electorate well in advance ...
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Precincts where GOP House candidates got <1% of the vote in 2018?

I was thinking about this question about the 2016 presidential election. I was thinking about the results of the 2018 midterms. I was thinking about that question, but a little bit differently as like ...
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Absentee Voting in Ohio - What does the “vote capturing machine” do?

WOSU (Ohio State University) recently published a step-by-step explanation of how absentee ballots are processed in Ohio. WOSU It is fairly clear about the process, however does not provide some ...
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Why did the mail in ballots in NY-16 tend to go to Engel? [closed]

Somebody asked why the late ballots tended to be Democratic in most states. The answer was that they are usually from urban areas and that they take longer to count because of population density. ...
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Would mail-in voting disproportionately help Republicans?

I would expect that restricting voting to mail-in votes would result in larger proportions of older, more established voters voting compared to younger, less organized voters, some of whom do not even ...
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Is it important to know the final vote count (tally) of an election very soon after Election day?

I realize that political parties and their candidates would like to know what the vote count is as soon as possible after the polls close. But I'm also aware that vote count is not finalized for at ...
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Why don't parties run primary elections instead of the government? [duplicate]

Why does the government run primary elections instead of the parties?
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Voting for 2020 presidential election during out of state move [closed]

I imagine that I will be moving states before the 2020 Election Day, and I don’t want to do a mail in ballot, just because I think there’s going to be a lot of BS around that this year. If I’m a tax ...
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What explains this deviation in voting patterns?

The Washington Post did an article about how most mostly black neighborhoods voted more Republican in 2016 than they did in 2012. The white one is pretty interesting (it looks like a distorted X), but ...
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Would Lichtman's Keys model failing be unprecedented?

There is a man named Allan Lichtman. He created a forecasting model that predicts the Electoral College winner. It is based on a theory called pragmatic voting. This means that the voters judge ...
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Is the American Voter Bot based on real data?

There is a Twitter account called American Voter Bot which supposedly tweets profiles of individual US voters. I am not sure if these profiles are real, because I saw a few bizarre tweets that seem ...
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What was the closest House of Representatives popular vote total ever?

I am curious about the popular vote for the House of Representatives over time. What was the closest popular vote in terms of percentage points in a House election nationally? For context, the closest ...
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Why is it that an American in Timbuktu can vote for president but an American in San Juan cannot?

I was surprised to learn that Puerto Ricans, despite living in a US territory, were not entitled to vote in the presidential elections. I was even more surprised to learn that US citizens are allowed ...
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What happens if not all the votes are counted by the Electoral College's meeting?

I am curious about the pandemic and voting. I want to know about what if there are multiple states are unable to certify their election results in time. Would this mean that the Electoral College is &...
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How can a US voting precinct only have a single voter?

I found a precinct in northern Minnesota where only a single vote was cast: a vote for the current president. This precinct makes me wonder if I could make or obtain my own precinct that has one voter:...
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Is there a such thing as a random voter in the US?

I am curious about politics. There is a type of voter that I heard about called a swing voter. The normal type of voter swings based on whether one candidate is good in their opinion or not. This type ...

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