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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID? Yes. For example, here are some facts (citations to supporting authorities are found at this link) (the omission of ...
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How could people in Texas erroneously vote when they were ineligible?

The two cases mentioned in the linked podcast are those of Crystal Mason and Rosa Maria Ortega, who were both convicted of voter fraud under different circumstances. I'm going to firstly focus on the ...
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Did Trump vote illegally?

Did Trump vote illegally? Not based on whether Mar-a-Lago is a residence, even those with no residence can vote. See, Registering and voting in Florida, even if you don’t have a permanent address or ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states?

My answer here shows that it is trivially easy to do in California. The answer details official CA procedures, and at no point do they require anything that would prove citizenship (nor, offer the ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states?

Because if you vote as non-citizen, you have huge personal downside (likely prosecution), with very little upside (being the deciding vote tipping the election), benefiting mostly someone else: a ...
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Can Spider-Man legally register to vote (without revealing his identity) like he did in this PSA?

Does Spider-Man meet the requirements to register? According to the New York Board of Elections site, here is the criteria to register to vote: Be a United States citizen The application form simply ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states?

No. But, if you are a non-citizen (either with or without a valid immigration status), and you register to vote, you are likely breaking two laws. One would be the state law concerning voter ...
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Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US?

You do not. If you have not moved since you last voted, then you can simply return to the precinct where you voted in the presidential election on midterm election day to cast your vote. The Wiki-how ...
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Why can't I register with multiple political parties?

Parties control the rules for their own primary elections, subject to state law. In your particular case, it doesn't matter. Arizona allows people without a party to vote, so just don't declare one ...
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Do any countries automatically register eligible voters?

According to Wikipedia, some countries that do register citizens for voting without them having to explicitly ask for it are: Chile Czech Republic Denmark Finland Germany Iceland Israel Italy Mexico ...
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Does it cost $25 to obtain a "free" Voter ID in any state?

It can cost a lot more than $25 even to get a "free" voter ID. Based on a spelling or transcription error decades ago, this man paid hundreds of dollars to try and have the required documentation for ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

It's important to distinguish here between ID in general and ID that specifically meets a state's requirements for voting, especially when the state has designed the details of these restrictions to ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

In a lot of cases, people within a certain demographic will be more or less likely to have certain types of ID. This can be either because their demographic makes it more difficult (or impossible) to ...
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Do poor people, people of color, and elderly have difficulty in obtaining ID in the US?

The catch with the comparisons about how much it costs to obtain an ID, is that they are often devoid of any other information about costs. This implies that obtaining an ID (which does not have a ...
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Registering for a midterm election as a US citizen abroad (never-resident)

Can a US citizen who has never lived in the US, register for voting in a midterm election? Maybe. Most states will allow such a person to vote in a federal election if the person had a parent whose ...
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Can the effect of US voter ID and registration laws on fraud be compared state-to-state?

Election fraud is vanishingly rare in all U.S. states. The evidence in support of this assertion is overwhelming. The conservative Heritage Foundation identifies 1,340 instances of election fraud in ...
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What's the point of the "who is eligible to vote" canvass?

It’s to ensure the Electoral Register is both accurate and complete. Local authorities are obliged to carry out this process under the Representation of the People Act 1983. From section 9D: The ...
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What could be done to US states that openly allow non-citizens to vote?

Let's say California decides to go further and passes a law that openly allows non-citizen residents to vote in California elections [...] It appears to run afoul of Federal law Depends on what ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states?

I live in Seattle WA and attend my monthly 36th District Democrats meetings and was a PCO (precinct committee officer) for several election cycles. As an org we routinely run voter registration ...
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In general elections, what percent of registered party voters defect, on average?

14% - 2012 House Elections The best source of information on US voting behavior is definitely the American National Election Survey. A single slice of their data easily captures hundreds of variables....
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Where should I register to vote?

Great question! You should not register to vote in Florida, and you'll need to replace your Florida driver's license ASAP. It's associated with an address that is no longer valid, and most states ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states?

No. In NYC, you can download, print, and mail in your voter registration form, and just lie on it. http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/Download/voting/voteform.pdf I don't know how often this actually ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states?

It might be easy to do, but there is no evidence that it happens. On the other hand, there is a lot of evidence that voter ID laws reduce turn out. It is very difficult for some people to get ...
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Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US?

Vote.gov offers information on how to register to vote. On that page, you choose your state and you can register online. If you don't need to register again, that should be stated on the state-...
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Voter registration fraud: how is citizenship checked?

I'm a naturalized US Citizen (originally Canadian). As far as I know, there are three, maybe four, governmental organizations that know that I'm a US citizen: The United States Citizenship and ...
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What information do US voter registration rolls contain?

The only registration rolls that I can speak to contain name, addresses, voting precinct, date of birth, sometimes drivers license numbers, original registration and re-registration date, party ...
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Is the UK unusual in not requiring identification to vote?

It's somewhat unusual but certainly not unique. Wikipedia maintains a list of examples on voter identification laws. I'll quote a bit from that. I'll not cite those that require ID because most do. I ...
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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?

You'd need to go state-by-state to see exactly how each state handles their elections. Different states may well do things differently. In general, however, signature matching is something that is ...
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Why do Appalachian areas have plenty of registered Democrats?

The Democratic Party and Republican Party traded ideological places. The Democrats used to be the conservative party, the Republican party used to be the liberal party. The transition happened ...
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