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 term for the polisci problem of having to vote for a single individual holding many beliefs?

What's the term for the problem where voters have to pick a single person to vote for, but they may support different candidates on different issues? For example, maybe you like the Democrats ...
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Why do we still need elected representatives? [closed]

My understanding is that back in the day, before the internet, there was no way for everyone to gather around, and vote on a bill, so we would have representatives do it for us. Today, we could ...
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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

According to a 1998 HRW report, The United States may have the world’s most restrictive criminal disenfranchisement laws. We know of no other democracy besides the United States in which convicted ...
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Is there any instance of AI / machine learning provided voting rights for political/administrative decisions?

This article argues that a company has allowed an algorithm to have a weight in the decision process (i.e. to vote): Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and ...
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Abstaining from Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee

What would be the effect of an abstention vote by four US senators on a question of whether to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, if the result were that there were only 49 votes in favor of confirming ...
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Should mentally retarded people be allowed to vote in a Democratic system? [closed]

I have respect to all the disabled people. The purpose of this question is to understand who is qualified to vote in a Democratic system. I hope nobody gets me wrong. We know democracy allows all ...
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Demographic with greatest difficulty in maintaining current US Voter ID?

In the US, for persons eligible, the relative costs or feasibility of obtaining, (or if necessary, maintaining), some current valid form of Voter ID varies by situation or condition. Particularly ...
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What is the minimum age before your political views are considered well thought out and educated? [closed]

I see a lot of the time people shut younger people down when arguing politics because they say that they aren't wise and educated enough to have these opinions. What age or education level do you ...
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Age-weighted democracy - is it possible? [closed]

A pure democracy gives equal voting rights for voters in the society regardless of their demographics (age, gender, or ethnicity). However, in many referendums, younger voters have a different say ...
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How much do US presidential campaigns spend per vote gained?

I'm interested in knowing just how far my donations to a presidential candidate go in terms of garnering more votes for that candidate. I can find a lot of data on how many votes each presidential ...
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Are US politicians allowed to give money to voters?

More specifically, is it voter fraud if a politician does something to help voters? For example, if a politician pays to build a library, or fund-raises for a charity that supports a poor community of ...
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What civic rights do green-card holders have?

I know that Permanent Residents of the US are "generally not allowed to vote" or hold public office but I haven't been able to find more detailed information about their civic rights on the USCIS ...
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Is voting a form of rent seeking? [closed]

Do all voting a form of rent seeking? For example, say a group of voters vote for tariff free removal. Another wants to protect steel industry. Are both doing rent seeking? It seems that removal of ...
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In Mixed-Member Proportional representation system what percentage of people vote for different party than MP's party?

In Mixed-Member Proportional representation system electors have two votes first for an MP and second for party. My question is there some figure of how many people vote for party in second vote ...
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What could be done to US states that openly allow non-citizens to vote?

I saw this question about what states that don't use voter ID do to ensure non-citizens don't vote, and the answer seems to be little, if anything. Given the current political climate (where some ...
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What exactly happens when a person registers to vote?

It's fairly easy to find the procedures one must follow to register to vote in a state. But looking at the process from another end, what exactly are the procedures that happen once the state gets an ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states? [duplicate]

Let's say a non-US citizen (legal or illegal immigrant) is resident in the US and has a valid postal address in a state without "Voter ID" laws. Would anything prevent such a person from registering ...
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Why do race and religion matter in voting?

People have strong preferences to pick leaders similar to them instead of on merit. But why? Why does race and religion matter in politics? Why in most other things we care about what's best. Yet in ...
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Why do some human rights organizations oppose elections?

It appears that in nation-building there are two schools of thought: one that advocates holding elections as soon as possible, and one that advocates that nations must reach a certain level before ...
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What measures can be taken, so that no political party takes undue advantage of rivalry of other 2 parties?

Suppose that in a country, there are 3 parties, out of which 2 are opposition and 1 ruling. If people are not really happy with the ruling party and want to replace it, then they have the option to ...
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Declining trend in voter turnouts

Why are voter turnout trends on the fall in an average around the world? On analysing the voter turnout trends on Voter Turnout Database, the average turnout comes out in sixties.
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Why less educated people tend to vote Jokowi?

This article says that Jokowi base is uneducated people. May be it's a bit controversial. However, Jokowi improves Indonesian corruption perception index. He also deregulate most sectors. He made ...
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Is it ever better to vote against a candidate in a primary, rather than for one?

In some primary elections, it is possible to vote in only one party's election. My goal is two-fold: remove one party's incumbent candidate from office, and get the other party's best candidate into ...
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Why isn't Election Day a federal holiday in the US?

Inspired by this question The United States has low levels of voter turnout as compared to other developed democracies. As seen in the above question, low-income individuals are less likely to vote ...
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Drawbacks of Online Voting [duplicate]

BBC has an article which asks if it is time for countries to adopt online voting. While, there may be many advantages of this, what are the principle drawbacks of online voting? It is possible that ...
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80+ year old voting difference

I've heard it claimed that the voting patterns for those aged 80 and older tend to differ from those age 65-79. That the fact that they are of an age old enough to remember the war, the days before ...
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Provisional Ballots in Ohio and the Larry Harmon case

The US Supreme court is hearing arguments over the state rights to purge voter rolls. The case arises from an Ohio voter (Larry Harmon) who was purged from the voter rolls. My first question is a ...
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Is there any political theory addressing uncounted but traceable second ballots?

A theory has occurred to me recently. Like most ideas, the first step is figuring out whether someone else has already had it. Suppose we want to maintain the secret ballot. One downside to the ...
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Tie Breaking in Final Round of Ranked Choice Vote

Been thinking about RCV a lot because Virginia (where I live) may pass a bill to use it in state elections. Also been thinking about ties in elections because one of the delegate districts here is ...
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How do US Senate Elections Work?

Do all the votes in a precinct go to the majority candidate (eg winner take all) and then the tallies added up by precinct? Or do they take the simple majority in the state?
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Why are people with severe intellectual impairments allowed to vote in the UK? [duplicate]

As the above title states, I'd like some insight into how this decision has been justified. What justifications have been used by politicians to enable people that are not mentally capable of making ...
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Past population imposing election results to future population - Brexit

If Brexit ever happens, it will not be until at least March of 2019, which is 2.5 years after the vote. Since the old were more likely to vote Leave than the young (e.g. here), the passage of time ...
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What do you call it when everyone gets an equal vote on how taxes are spent?

I had an idea and was wondering if there's a term for it or if there might even be groups or research surrounding this policy. The basic idea is that each year citizens of a country would vote for ...
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To what extent do religious congregations in the US advocate a political party?

In the United States, to what extent do religious congregations advocate a political party, candidate, or political spectrum (liberal vs conservative)? The geological scope of my question is just the ...
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Does open-list proportional representation have an advantage over single transferable vote (STV)?

I'm a Canadian struggling to understand what voting system would be the best for my country as an alternative to first-past-the-post. STV appears to be better than proportional representation because ...
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Are there any implementations of Online Deliberation?

Wikipedia says Online Deliberation is the practice and research related to the design, implementation and study of deliberative processes that rely on the use of electronic information and ...
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How to recount ballots with minimal influence of outliers?

I've noticed some unusual voting on an online poll I'm running for work (Ranked choice). It's nothing serious, however as the results are open to everyone (as a matter of transparency). I have had ...
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Formula for efficiency gap calculation when there are more than two candidates

I've been having trouble finding an authoritative definition of the efficiency gap when more than 2 parties are involved. Ballotopedia points to an article by Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Eric McGhee, ...
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Why do proportional representation voting systems not evolve to first past the post systems?

The first past the post voting system tends to favour a two-party system. Suppose an election is held using a proportional representation voting system. Then suppose that the two largest parties, ...
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How does the argument go that gerrymandering restricts freedom of association?

According to a the Washington Post's The Supreme Court will examine partisan gerrymandering in 2017. That could change the voting map.: One thing that distinguished Whitford from the many previous ...
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Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite with a ballot? [closed]

Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite, being held in Australia, using the ballot itself? I've heard people advocate glitter bombing, but I assume it'll mainly result in the people ...
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Did those who voted to stay in the EC also vote to leave the EU?

A question popped into my mind the other day concerning the two referenda concerning the European Union issued by the UK Government. The first took place on 5 June 1975 on whether the UK should stay ...
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Has this election system been used before?

I am thinking about this particular form of proportional representation for a parliamentary system and I am wondering if it has been used before. This is how it works. Half the seats in Parliament ...
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Why are “the rich” more able to identify the party which represent their interests than “the poor”?

Consider the following premises, for which I think there is fair degree of consensus (at least according to my knowledge of political history of Latin America, but perhaps more broadly): the majority ...
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In Muslim-minority countries, is it unusual for Muslim MPs or lawmakers to vote in favour of gay marriage or related legislation?

In Did all of Germany's Muslim MPs voted in favor of same-sex marriage? on Skeptics.SE, someone was surprised by a claim that Germany's Muslim MPs voted in favour of gay marriage. I wasn't that ...
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What are some arguments for why a “license to vote” is a bad idea?

I conversed with someone the other day who said that just like we study and take tests to obtain a driver's license, we should similarly study and pass tests to get a voters' license. She said that ...
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Estimates of the number who were incorrectly purged from Florida's list of eligible voters in 2000

In 2000, many voters were incorrectly removed from Florida's list of eligible voters. (Notoriously, if you happened to have a name that was similar to a convicted felon's, there was a good chance you'...
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Effect of Fair Representation Act

The Fair Representation Act was recently introduced by House Member Don Bayer. The main changes that I've read about were that it would introduce instant-runoff style ranked choice voting and that it ...
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Does gerrymandering not affect elections for US Senators?

Gerrymandering is a problem; a Representative could have their voter base diluted across neighboring districts at the whim of the controlling party. But Senate elections are statewide, and states don'...
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What evidence is there to suggest that higher-educated people vote left-wing? [duplicate]

Two days ago the New York Times published an article detailing how the 15 congressional districts where at least half of adults have at least a college degree are predominately represented by democrat ...

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