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Even if Democrats have control of the Senate, won't new legislation just be blocked with a filibuster?
14 votes

Even without eliminating the filibuster, quite a lot of legislation can be passed through Reconciliation, which requires only a simple majority (50+VP) to pass. While this is, in theory, only ...

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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?
14 votes

The main reason that she in particular is being protested - beyond her views (which, while opposed to the protesters' views of course, are not particularly interesting or extreme for a Republican), ...

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Why do attack ads focus so much on Joe Biden's mental state but not Donald Trump's?
13 votes

I think this is, in part, due to the failure of the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. Part of the reason many believe she lost was due to her campaign's focus on attacking Trump's personality, ...

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Why don't presidential candidates announce their running mates before achieving their party's nomination?
8 votes

In order to nominate a running mate, you must have someone who is willing to accept that nomination. Sometimes, a running mate is a very personal choice (meaning, specific to that person running); ...

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How can election winners of states be confirmed, although the remaining uncounted votes are more than the difference in votes?
7 votes

Calling an election is like calling a sports game. You take a lot of things into account when calling a game, and deciding that one team has no chance to win. If it’s halftime, and the 2007 Patriots (...

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Why doesn't the US Census consider Hispanic a race?
4 votes

The strict answer to this is because it is required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); see the Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity. This ...

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Why is there a difference between US election result data in different websites?
4 votes

In addition to the points phoog raises in their answer, there is also the fact that different sites use different methods to collect the raw vote totals as well. Some sites will use data made ...

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On the AP/Google election tracker, are 'Electoral Votes' describing Electoral College votes?
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3 votes

Yes: Electoral Votes is another way of saying votes in the Electoral College. The Electoral College is the collection of people who select the next President; an Electoral Vote refers to the actual ...

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Why do election predictions by FiveThirtyEight and Predictwise differ so much?
3 votes

You're looking at the 538 "Polls Only" forecast, which is not going to be as useful for this sort of comparison. The "Polls Plus" forecast includes historical data and other details which makes for a ...

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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?
2 votes

It is a mistake to believe "liberal" and "conservative" have a meaning in relation to how they're used to designate individuals as members of a particular political party. The modern day Republican ...

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Why do identification documents have expiration dates?
1 votes

In addition to the other answers, one point that's pretty important nowadays: people move! At least in the US, your driver's license has your address on it, and in many places is used as proof that ...

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Merger of two or more political parties in U.S
1 votes

It's certainly possible to merge political parties, as James K points out - it's happened many times. Really "merging" in most cases simply involves one party ceasing to operate, and the other ...

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Why do we need static coalitions?
1 votes

I'll add one more reason to Nebr's good answer: it creates a two level system, whereby the parties decide which position to support on a particular issue, then the final vote is just between the ...

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