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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Who would be legally responsible for any possible US presidential election hack?

There are claims that Russian hackers tried altering the US presidential election data، Most of these claims, as far as I know, that has no verifiable evidence. If this happened, who (person or ...
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How do Panachage and removal work in Proportional Representation

I'm interested in the effects of the different voting system over the result of an election. In Proportional Representation, some countries allow voter to remove the name of a candidate from a list ...
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Does the UK electorate become more likely to vote conservative with age?

Context Using the General Election 2017 as an example, YouGov believe that Young people voted for Labour whereas the older generation voted for The Conservative party. It seems to me that from ...
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Why would people protest the Puerto Rico statehood referendum by boycotting?

I was confused by the logic of the Puerto Rico boycott of the statehood referendum. While it's true that 97% voted for statehood, that represents a paltry 23% of the residents in total From the NY ...
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Does Arrow's Theorem invalidate an alternate voting system?

Imagine this voting algorithm: Each voter ranks their choices. Then, the 1st choice votes are tallied, and the one with the lowest score removed from the running. Those who have the removed contender ...
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What would happen if no one voted in the next General Election?

I intend not to vote in the General Election next week in the UK. This made me wonder: what would happen if no one voted?
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What are the benefits of foreign aid for voters?

In a democratic country, we expect government to do what benefits its voters. It is not clear to me: What is the voting group that demands foreign aid? If they want it - why don't they just send ...
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Is there a tendency for democracies to pander to older voters?

I will refer to the Triple Lock Pension in the UK as an example here: "The triple lock was introduced in 2010 by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. It was a guarantee to ...
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Why voting age seems to be stuck at 18 (relatively high)?

According to this Wikipedia article, the vast majority of countries have a voting age of 18. In the same time, there are plenty of other actions a person can do before this age (here and [here] for ...
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How can I run to be an unpledged elector?

I live in Tennessee. I think it would be a hoot to run to be an unpledged elector in 2020. Even if I lost it would still be a hoot. How do I do this?
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Statistics on Australian non-voters who are actually sanctioned (fined or otherwise punished)

Voting is compulsory in Australia (source). Non-voters receive a letter, asking that they provide a valid and sufficient reason, or pay a A$20 penalty (source). Voter turnout in Australia is high, ...
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Why are there so many voting systems used in UK elections?

Today, I went to vote in elections to select a regional mayor for the first time. Local government elections in the UK, like elections for Parliament, use the first past the post system. I was thus ...
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Is it proven that the poorest citizens usually make “bad decisions” when voting? [closed]

A common trope (e.g. with Brexit) about "the poor" is that they always vote for the "populist"/"authoritarian"/"evil" party. Some claim that there should some sort of an intelligence test or a wealth ...
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Is tactical voting a relatively new phenomenon?

I've only heard of people "tactically voting" -- whereby they don't vote for their first choice, but their nearest choice that contends with an incumbent or person/party they don't want -- over the ...
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New trend of blaming the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after losing the elections

I am a first year student of political science (Honours) and would like to understand about recent controversy about EVMs in India. Recently after the various election results in India it has become ...
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Are there states where voting is not anonymous?

Anonymity is one of the desirable requirements of voting process in elections. Are there states where voting is not anonymous i.e. who voted whom is public?
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How is voting by expatriates justified?

Expatriates are people who left their country of citizenship voluntarily for personal reasons (or children of such people). This means that, while they may return, they are currently abroad. Whatever ...
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Is there a minimum time frame that a Prime Minister may set an early election for?

I know that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 says that Early elections can be held only: if a motion for an early general election is agreed either by at least two-thirds of the whole ...
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What happens to the Turkish Referendum if voter fraud concerns are sustained? [closed]

So the 2017 Turkish Referendum passed, but narrowly and with some controversy Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a historic referendum Sunday that will greatly expand the powers of his office,...
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Was the Turkish 2017 constitutional referendum held democratically?

From the simple media coverage, I got that the April 2017 constitutional referendum was democratic and it took place without larger skirmishes. However, I realise that the "democracity" of elections ...
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Is this a good way to count Single Transferable Vote ballots?

I've been asked by my employer to create an online voting system for internal elections (e.g. board of directors). Our bylaws dictate that we need to use STV. I wasn't satisfied with the existing ...
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Did Ohio recently have 112 elections with a one vote (or less) margin of victory?

On 2/17/2017, while advocating Voter ID Laws for his state, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted claimed: ...in Ohio we have had 112 elections decided by one vote or tied in the last three years, ...
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Game theory: ignorant voting, when to pass, when to guess?

Suppose one is voting to decide some political proposal or elect some office, and there's not enough information, (or the information is contrary), to make a confident decision. Perhaps the proposal ...
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Was the Texas Photo ID voting law implemented to decrease voting fraud? If so, how effective is it?

First, the Photo ID Voting Law was put in place because states wished to decrease voting fraud, right? If not, please explain to me why it was implemented. I think I did well enough research but there'...
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In the US, may a presidential candidate win the primaries and then refuse the nomination of the party?

Is the party nomination something a candidate even can accept or refuse? Or is the nomination more like a glorified endorsement? Are there obligations that come with accepting the nomination?
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What can Hollande do to prevent a Marine Le Pen victory?

French President François Hollande said his "ultimate duty" is to prevent a Marine Le Pen victory: "My ultimate duty is to make sure that France is not won over by such a program, and that France ...
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How do Voting Machines work?

How do Electronic & Mechanical Voting machines work? And how do they provide accurate votes? Is it overly complicated machine, or is it surprisingly simple?
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Being “registered” as Democratic/Republican/Independent vs being a party member

I was following online media during last year's primaries, and noticed anchors and commentators discussing people's "registration" as Democrats, Republicans or Independents (never for other parties ...
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What would be the pros/cons of having weighted voting in the House of Representatives?

Currently district sizes can be widely disparate. Montana, with a population of 1,042,520, has one Representative in the House. Wyoming, with a population of 586,107, also has one Representative. A ...
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How uncommon is a Three Line Whip

As someone who only follows UK politics tangentially, this week was the first time that I heard the term Three Line Whip in the context of the Article 50 vote. Some googling gave me an idea of what is ...
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Is there a publicly available definition of current congressional districts?

For example: I live in the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts. The boundaries of my district are pretty straightforward, except in the case of the city of Fall River, where the boundary line ...
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If someone sends in an early vote, but then dies, is their vote counted?

This question was inspired by Donald Trump's claims about Hillary's supposed illegitimate votes, but is not about those claims. Suppose I had cast my vote last year in an early ballot. Between then ...
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Are the Legality of Votes Cast by Non-Citizens Checked After They Have Been Cast?

I haven't been able to find the answer to this anywhere online. I may not know the correct terminology to do a proper search. In the United States - since non-citizens are able to register to vote (...
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Which portions of rural/metropolitan voter income have benefited from regional voting tendencies?

Rural counties in the US generally tend, (often overwhelmingly), to vote Republican, while metropolitan counties similarly tend to vote Democrat. Over the last few decades which portions of the ...
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What arguments are there against ranked-choice voting?

In America, most elections are based on first-past-the-post voting, where whoever gets a plurality of the votes wins. For instance if candidate A gets 40% of the vote and candidates B and C get 30% ...
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Blockchain-based services (developing & developed countries)

Are there any countries (developing or developed) that are currently under the process of implementing blockchain-based services (voting, property ledgers...)? In particular, has there been any new ...
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In general elections, what percent of registered party voters defect, on average?

Only registered Democrats vote in Democratic primaries to select Democrat candidates. Only registered Republicans vote in Republican primaries to select Republican candidates. And so forth for other ...
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Electors voting rights [duplicate]

Are electors allowed to cast a private/personal vote for candidates of their choice during Election Day on November 08 and then also as an Elector in December?
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Ballpark estimate of how much was spent on legal fees to oppose the Green Party recount?

There's been some cost-conscious press regarding the Green Party's "Recount2016" campaign, in which $7.4 million was raised -- but not much press about how much was spent by political parties, PACs, ...
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Do any jurisdictions take steps to protect people's votes from being “outed” by the polls?

It's well established that vote anonymity is an important part of representative democracy (discussed elsewhere on this site). I was listening to 538 podcast today, and they were discussing phone ...
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Is there evidence that phone polling led to people's votes being “outed”?

It's well established that vote anonymity is an important part of representative democracy (discussed elsewhere on this site). I was listening to 538 podcast today, and they were discussing phone ...
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What happens to ballot papers after an election in Australia?

The voting process involved, Fill out ballot paper, Put paper in box, Count the papers and the result is declared. After the result is declared what happens with the ballot papers? I could not ...
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By what percent do state undervote counts usually vary over successive election years?

According to mlive.com, in the 2016 Presidential election Michigan voters submitted 76% more undervotes than they did in 2012: 87,810: Number of voters this election who cast a ballot but did not ...
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Are the votes counted by a voting machine with tampered seals valid?

A St. Croix observer from the 2016 Wisconsin recount reports: Five of the nine machines being used in the recount have tampered seals. Photos of two are attached. Photo of seal, followed by photo ...
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What is the purpose of the code on New York ballots?

When I voted in New York (Brooklyn, but presumably ballots are similar statewide), I had my named crossed out in a book so that I couldn't vote twice (I assume). They then removed a sticker from my ...
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Typically, are actual ballots required to be visible to election recount observers?

A Door County observer from the 2016 Wisconsin recount reports: Observers were seated apart from the people counting the votes, so the actual ballots are not visible to observers. ... In ...
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How is it possible to know your vote was _not_ counted?

In any of the 50 states in 2016 how often is it possible to know your vote was not counted? (Note that this question is similar to How do I know that my vote was counted?, and superficially seems ...
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What sort of evidence might Wisconsin require to NOT use a machine recount?

In hopes of testing whether the output from proprietary voting machine hardware and software was accurate, the Stein campaign has paid the state of Wisconsin a $3.5 million dollar recount filing fee, (...
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After the 2004 Ohio recount campaign, on what charges was an election administrator subsequently jailed?

The front page for the 2016 election integrity recount campaign of the Green Party provides an interesting fact: Details You Need to Know In 2004, the Cobb/LaMarche campaign demanded a ...
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What would be the effect of allowing voting against a particular candidate?

Driving to work this morning, I heard about the upset in the French primaries, and the announcer stated that “the French say that they do not vote for someone, but, rather, against someone”. Of ...

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