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Why would voting for a US House Speaker candidate from a majority party be "taboo" and punishable if you're a member of a minority party?

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -- Napoleon Bonaparte (attributed) I think that's the basic mantra here: if the opposing party is having a leadership crisis, don't ...
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As a voter in a democratic country, how can I influence a single issue?

You would form or join a special interest NGO together with other citizens which have the same opinion on the same issue. Then your NGO can engage in political lobbying: Use campaigns to make other ...
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Will we know after the election how many people are denied a vote because of the new ID rules?

No. The number of people denied a vote, counted and recorded by the new legislation, as described in CDJB's answer, can only be considered a minimum possible number of those denied their chance to ...
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Will we know after the election how many people are denied a vote because of the new ID rules?

Yes, paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 of the Elections Act 2022 amended the Representation of the People Act 1983 to include a requirement for the Secretary of State to publish a report on the effect of ...
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As a voter in a democratic country, how can I influence a single issue?

In a country with reasonably coherent political parties, join the party you mostly agree with, and work on the local and regional level both as a volunteer campaign worker and organizer, and as the &...
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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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Is it possible to expand voting right by ordinary legislation provided that there is no explicit constitutional restriction?

united-kingdom In the UK, there is no distinction between "the constitution" and ordinary legislation. so the answer is a clear yes: the extensions of the franchise across social classes in ...
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What is an example of a political process in which every person’s vote amounts to something?

Australian public funding for political parties and individuals is tied to the number of first preference votes candidates receive. It is calculated as a fixed amount per vote making every vote count. ...
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Why would voting for a US House Speaker candidate from a majority party be "taboo" and punishable if you're a member of a minority party?

The answer from zibadawa timmy provides a good explanation for general cases. However, the example cited in the block quote (James Traficant) has some special circumstances that deserve mention, ...
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As a voter in a democratic country, how can I influence a single issue?

In the U.S. political system, at least, the big two parties are considered "Big Tent" and more emphasis is placed on individual candidate than Party Policy. There are a lot of political ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why would voting for a US House Speaker candidate from a majority party be "taboo" and punishable if you're a member of a minority party?

This question seems predicated on the idea that a US congressional majority party decides on its speaker in official public votes that happen on the House floor. That's not how it works. Certainly ...
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Is it possible to expand voting right by ordinary legislation provided that there is no explicit constitutional restriction?

This seems to be a nice overview of countries with non-citizen suffrage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-citizen_suffrage Also interesting might be the section about the EU where EU citizens can ...
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Is Norway a rentier and resource-dependent country?

In my estimate, Norway is currently a rentier state (extracting signigicant revenue from the sale of natural resources) but not a resource-dependent country. Oil wealth and the sovereign savings fund ...
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Is it possible to expand voting right by ordinary legislation provided that there is no explicit constitutional restriction?

For germany, no - and in a very similar manner to what @wonderbear describes for Austria (except that the local parliaments in question are directly mentioned in the constitution). There is a ...
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Is it possible to expand voting right by ordinary legislation provided that there is no explicit constitutional restriction?

Whether it's possible will be different for different jurisdictions. Every jurisdiction will have its own laws and jurisprudence. Precedent for one does not really say much about another. Some ...
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Is it possible to expand voting right by ordinary legislation provided that there is no explicit constitutional restriction?

For Austria, the answer appears to be no. The Constitutional Court (VfGH) decided this in 2004, in decision G 218/03-16. The Vienna legislature had made a law that said that in elections for the ...
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As a voter in a democratic country, how can I influence a single issue?

It's great that you realise democracy isn't just about voting. It also doesn't mean politics is only for politicians. There are broadly two ways for a citizen to do something political - through ...
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Is Norway a rentier and resource-dependent country?

If we rely on the technical definition, than reliance on natural resources does not mean that the state should be non-democratic. One could perhaps argue that a non-democratic regime would have easier ...
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What is the significance of the non-dictatorship principle in Arrow's theorem, and does this example fit the definition of a dictator?

The key word here is always. In your hypothetical example, let's say that the votes occur in succession, and the same person is always the 51st voter. Can this person always determine the group ...
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Which countries allow MPs to vote by proxy?

This is a community wiki answer, please feel free to edit it. UK allows it in exception circumstances: A proxy vote is a vote cast by one MP on behalf of another MP in a House of Commons division. ...
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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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Voting system with two votes as a defense against fear of voting for a loser - is it anywhere in the world?

The U.S. Constitution originally gave electors two votes on the same ballot for presidential elections The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons ... they ...
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What legal impediments might there be to alternate voting systems?

I notice that the one thing that I think this question was looking for has not been mentioned yet at all: 2 USC § 2c there shall be established by law a number of districts equal to the number of ...
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