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It's pretty simple, actually: Election day is "the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November", and people have the right to cast their votes up to the closing of polls on that day. Now, this differs based on State law. Some states do require ballots to be received by Election day, while others only require them to be postmarked ...


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The form of government is called "Town Meeting", and is a form of government common in many parts of the United States, especially in the New England region (States North of New York State), Upstate New York (The Part of the State that is not New York City), and certain municipalities in New Jersey. At this point, for the point of funsies mostly, I'd like ...


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Machiavelli's Books Although most famous for "The Prince", most of Machiavelli's political theory is laid out in "Discourses on the First 10 Books of Titus Livy". In Discourses he outlines his views on republics by examining the a treatise by a 1st century Roman historian. The Prince focuses on "principalities" - nations with dictatorial (non-republic) ...


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This varies greatly state by state, in oversimplified terms, the top down structure of the US is: Federal -> State -> County > City. I'm pretty sure The Simpsons is based on Ancient Athens, most city councils in the United States are more formal, and rigid. At least upon appearance See the first few season of Weeds for a more realistic dramatization. It ...


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Surprisingly, recent research seems to imply that the opposite is true. In their 2018 article, Representations of reliability: The rhetoric of political flip-flopping, in the Public Relations Review journal, Bentley & Vogue describe the results of a qualitative analysis of 141 political flip-flops, in order to try to understand the best approach to ...


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This look to me like a fancy implementation of a plain debate, where people state facts, explain mechanisms and consequences and analyze them internally in their own view. There are advantages to political debates as with this process, as well as disavantages. On the plus side People may reach consensus on some things People get a chance to change their ...


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What you describe is called approval voting. You basically pick all options you'd be OK with and then tabulate the most approved. It's in use in some places, or has been used - most prominently, in the Papal State and in the Republic of Venice in the past. It's a great way to pick a restaurant between friends (if you use FPTP your burger eating friends may ...


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Honesty, defined by my dictionary as "free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere," is foundational to any good faith attempt to govern. The term 'good faith' is doing a lot of work here, and means that the person in the position of power is attempting to execute the responsibilities of their office to the best of their ability and as closely to ...


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There are advantages to honesty, but there are obviously disadvantages if they are too honest. Disadvantage: Politician or person can reveal information that can put a community in danger. There was the recent ransomware attack in the Colonial Pipeline by the hacker group DarkSide while foreign hackers where able to gain information to Russian federal ...


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