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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

The most trite answer is a civil rights protection against the following algorithm: Win a legislative election. Pass any law which disproportionately imprisons the supporters of your opponents. ...
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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

Democracy: Criminals (including those in jail) are affected by the results of the political process. Allowing them to vote gives their an option for their opinions to be heard. If you want to signal ...
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Why am I being asked to vote?

There are two possible interpretations here, the cynical and the optimistic. Note that I am not naming any specific parties and for the purposes of this answer am not taking any side. The cynical: ...
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How do Republicans explain consistently losing the popular vote in presidential elections since 1992?

The predominant explanation, especially since President Trump's victory in 2016, has been that the recent Republican presidential campaign efforts aren't even attempting to win the popular vote, and ...
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Why is it that an American in Timbuktu can vote for president but an American in San Juan cannot?

This is a peculiarity as a result of the federal nature of the USA and the exceptional position of Puerto Rico as a territory but not a state. Within the States and Territories of the USA, your ...
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Why is vote counting made so laborious in the US?

Mail-in voting and provisional ballots: In many states, mail-in votes are allowed to arrive well after election day, provided they are postmarked on or before election day. Voters who cast a ...
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Is there objective proof that recent bills (1st half of 2021) that restrict voting are targeting Democratic voters specifically?

The whole foundation of the strategy that gives rise to these voter suppression laws is to avoid exactly that direct, causal link. The recent Supreme Court case Chamber of Commerce v. New York ...
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Why am I being asked to vote?

A democracy derives its legitimacy from voters. When elections are won by tiny margins, but huge numbers of people don't vote then there is a problem. US turnout is below 60% for presidential ...
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Paying people not to vote at all

Some problems I can see with this idea: Unbalanced incentives In point two, you claim that this system would encourage votes from people who "understand the value of the vote", but is that ...
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Can a polling station in the UK shut early if everyone has voted?

There's a process that's meant to be followed if someone arrives at a polling station to find that someone has already voted in their name or they're recorded as having received a postal vote (a '...
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Why are many college towns so Democratic?

Cosmopolitanism leads to social liberalism. It's been proven time and again since at least the 1950's: the more you're exposed to a variety of people and viewpoints, the more likely you are to have ...
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Why are "the rich" more able to identify the party which represent their interests than "the poor"?

Why are “the rich” more able to identify the party which represent their interests than “the poor”? Mostly, because your assumption is just that, an assumption, and is an incorrect one at that. ...
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What arguments are there against ranked-choice voting?

This problem can be solved by a system called ranked-choice voting, aka instant-runoff voting First off, there are multiple voting systems based on ranking your choices. The system you're describing ...
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Why are "the rich" more able to identify the party which represent their interests than "the poor"?

There are so many false assumptions in your question. But one that wasn't addressed by the other answers is this: There are a lot of people who vote based on their moral principles. Whether rich or ...
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Why don't Democrat or Republican partisans register and vote in swing states?

Simply put, because it is a crime. It is not allowed (e.g. in Minnesota) to move somewhere for a month to vote there. Plus, most people can't afford such a disruption to their life. When I registered ...
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Can a polling station in the UK shut early if everyone has voted?

Polling hours are set out in Schedule I of the Representation of the People Act, 1983, as "between the hours of 7 in the morning and 10 at night". There is nothing in the Act that allows a polling ...
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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

Here are some actual arguments given in cases around the world, extracted from a paper focusing on the Irish case: Israel: after Yigal Amir assassinated Rabin, there was a court case asking for Amir'...
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Ballot Secrecy - is it a Voter's Privilege or a Voter's Obligation?

At least for those systems inheriting from British tradition and the Ballot Act 1872 the secret ballot was introduced a fraud mitigation exercise to protect against personal bribery & intimidation ...
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Was the Texas Photo ID voting law implemented to decrease voting fraud? If so, how effective is it?

the Photo ID Voting Law was put in place because states wished to decrease voting fraud, right? That is the stated reason, yes. However, in-person voter fraud (the only fraud that would be caught ...
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Why don't all States switch to all postal voting?

This answer is tainted by my German experience and views, but I expect many instances of it to apply to the US, too. With the traditional concept of an election day, all people have the opportunity ...
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Have Texas voters ever selected a Democrat for President?

Yes, in fact from Wikipedia's article on "United States presidential elections in Texas", we can see that Texas has elected a Democrat for president twenty-two times since 1876, most ...
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Is candidate anonymity at all practical?

No, this isn't at all practical. You're removing virtually everything a voter could possibly use to decide who to support. If you don't know a candidate's identity, all you're left with is what ...
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Ballot Secrecy - is it a Voter's Privilege or a Voter's Obligation?

Both. Ballot secrecy is a voters' privilege that prevents others from threatening harm for failing to vote a certain way. No one can know how they voted for sure so they cannot do them harm based on ...
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Why are many college towns so Democratic?

Biden did particularly well in two demographics: Voters under 30 (62% for Biden vs. 35% for Trump) College educated voters (55% for Biden vs. 42% for Trump) So the reason why Biden did so ...
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What are some arguments for why a "license to vote" is a bad idea?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? One important reason to not implement a license system that it is much more vulnerable to manipulations. Whoever runs the tests gets the power to decide who can vote ...
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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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Why isn't Election Day a federal holiday in the US?

In some states, election day is a holiday. The counter argument you are looking for is that the federal government shouldn't dictate how states implement their elections. If the states wish to ...
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Why am I being asked to vote?

Even if some people don't vote, wouldn't the interests of the nation be properly (statistically) represented by the people who do get out and vote? This might be true if the actual voters are a ...
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What is the rationale behind making it illegal to hand out water to voters in line in Georgia?

The rationalization stems from similar proclamations across multiple states against voter intimidation or vote-buying. Nobody should have the fact that they're stuck in a line be taken advantage-of by ...
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Did Hillary Clinton win the popular vote by 2.09 or 2.22 percentage points?

Yes - the official totals according to the FEC were: Trump - 62,984,828 (46.09% of all 136,669,276 votes) Clinton - 65,853,514 (48.18% of all 136,669,276 votes) So in terms of difference in popular ...
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