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Is an 'Against' vote by one of the five permanent members in UNSC a default veto?

There is no need for a permanent member to declare the use of their veto power explicitly - if a P5 member votes against a non-procedural resolution then it will always fail to pass. Article 27(3) of ...
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Election disruption caused by ballot typographic error or omission

The Canadian town next door to me voided an election for school board trustees after it was discovered two candidates were left off the ballot. A special election was called a month later. I believe ...
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Have any theorists argued it is undemocratic to try to influence other people’s votes?

This approach problematizes the act of convincing others, where it should (instead) problematize the method of convincing others. 'Convincing others' is a central element in any formulation of ...
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Was 1992 Bosnian Independence referendum a sham voting, in light of 99.7% of votes "For"?

If the opponents of the referendum boycot it, such a result is not at all unusual. It happened in Poland in 2023 (96.5% with 40.1% turnout) Tunisia in 2022 (94.6% with 30.5% turnout North Macedonia ...
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How would electoral votes be cast if the winning presidential candidate was a write-in?

The National Association of Secretaries of State publishes a summary of state laws regarding presidential elections. As one may expect, the laws vary by state. The write-in candidate must file and ...
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Election disruption caused by ballot typographic error or omission

Since you asked for anecdotes... About 25 years ago, I was a member of an electoral comission for the student's parliament at a German university. (These parliaments are prescribed by state law.) As ...
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What is the maximum number of seats possible in the Bundestag?

Since you are talking about overhang and leveling seats, you must be referring to the old election system which parliament replaced last month. In the old system, everyone who gets the most votes in ...
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Congressional vs. Party Votes: Secrets & Differences

Open voting is a fundamental principle of Congress and other Parliament-like bodies. This is because Congress is a public body composed of representatives. To judge how well you have been represented, ...
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Did the countries which vote on July 12th against the UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry vote for the same reason?

Yes, pretty much - every country that explained their decision to vote against cited freedom of expression concerns. Montenegro was the only country to vote against which did not speak in the debate ...
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Why did Chile and Mexico abstain from voting, on the July 12th UNHRC resolution condemning religious hatred and bigotry?

A digital recording of the proceedings during which the delegations of each country presented their explanations as to their votes may be found here. Mexico's position was that while the delegation ...
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In the UK, what are the votes that started as voiced but passed into the divisions for more formal voting?

In Parliament, all votes start out as voiced. At the end of a debate, the speaker "puts the question" by stating the matter which will be decided. The MPs in the chamber then vote by ...
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Was 1992 Bosnian Independence referendum a sham voting, in light of 99.7% of votes "For"?

What would be the peculiar circumstances as to cause 99.7% of voters to show up and back an issue? 99.7% of voters didn't show up; 63.7% did. for reference, the 1991 census had found that 31.2% of ...
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Is there any country that fully uses paperless ballot?

Brazil now has entirely electronic voting, no paper receipt is produced. The vote is recorded. Voting is done on a terminal, modelled on a phone booth. The voting machines identify voters. The vote ...
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Which party would benefit most if everyone voted in the UK general election?

Short answer, the Liberal Democrat and generic "other" vote (i.e. Reform/Green/Party you didn't know was running) would go up a bit, and Labour would get a better vote share, but it's ...
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Need and significance of pre poll alliances

The BJP did not get a majority. So Modi depends on partners in the NDA alliance for a majority. There is no confusion about who will form a government. However the composition of that government is ...
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What could be done to US states that openly allow non-citizens to vote?

If California allowed non-citizen residents to vote in state and local elections, there would be no conflict with federal law, and therefore it's not clear why there would be a need to "do ...
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Why was Switzerland one of the last countries to give women the vote?

I'd like to offer an answer even though the question is more than five years old (and I have insufficient reputation to merely comment on Carduus' answer). I believe the reason is primarily ...
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Does allowing Commonwealth citizens to vote in UK elections have any practical impact on those elections?

It has certainly been controversial enough in the past for politicians to claim it has had an impact - though they may have had other motivations (e.g. to remind racist voters than non-white voters ...
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Have any theorists argued it is undemocratic to try to influence other people’s votes?

This approach seems to be based on the assumption that there is a clear distinction between 'informing' or 'influencing'. Practically all information or data relevant to the functioning or working of ...
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Was 1992 Bosnian Independence referendum a sham voting, in light of 99.7% of votes "For"?

In 2013, a referendum was held in the Falkland Islands on whether they should remain a territory of the United Kingdom or be given to Argentina. 99.80% of the votes were in favour of remaining in the ...
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Was 1992 Bosnian Independence referendum a sham voting, in light of 99.7% of votes "For"?

I don't think that those numbers are all that weird. Yugoslavia was fracturing at the time with its member states trying to achieve the independance. Lets look at Slovenia, the first state that did so....
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How did the adoption of compulsory voting in Australia impact the partisan balance there?

Compulsory Voting has absolutely no impact on voters who were already commited to vote. No matter which party the majority of these voters were going to elect, Compulsory Voting would not change that ...
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Can the Trump Campaign use the voter data the Trump Administration received in 2017?

[While this question references the 2020 presidential election, it could apply to the 2024 presidential election, as well.] Q: Can the Trump Campaign use the voter data the Trump Administration ...
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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?

Felony disenfranchisement policies in the United States impact people of color disproportionally. Compared to the rest of the voting age population, African Americans are four times more likely to ...
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What challenges remain for online voting?

There is no realistic mechanism to fully secure vote casting and tabulation computer systems from cyber threats. U.S. elections are conducted using systems that are aging and prone to security ...
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