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Elections and Voting

An election is a modern democratic decision-making process in which people choose an individual to hold public office. Elections are also used in different private and business organizations, voluntary associations and corporations.

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Is the post office closed Patriot's Day in Massachusetts?

No, the post office is open on Patriot's Day (because it is not a Federal holiday).

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What is the rule on special presidential election?

The US does not hold special presidential elections.

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How long is a term of office for a US president?

US presidents are elected to a four-year term. The maximum number of full terms that a president can serve is two. Presidents who took over for another president and have served more than two years can seek only one additional term.

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How can I vote early?

Most states allow registered voters to cast their ballots before Election Day. However, the rules for early voting vary from state to state, so you’ll need to check with your state or territorial election office website for specifics. Due to the coronavirus, many states are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year. Again, you'll have to check your individual state or territory's rules, but in most cases, you need to fill out an application for an absentee ballot and mail it in or drop it off at your local election office.

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What are two good reasons to exercise your right to vote?

This answer is subject to varied opinions. Here are a few opinions of Answers.com contributors:

Two reasons to vote

  1. If you do not like who is in office or who is running then by voting, and if you live in the U.S. by voting you may be able to get those you least desire out of office and add more seats in senate for a balance. Soldiers died to keep America and Canada free although that freedom seems to be waning little by little we should vote even if it means voting between the lesser of two evils
  2. The right to complain. Many people feel that if you do not make your voice be heard when it matters, you do not have the right to complain later. If you feel strongly on certain issues, such as social security or abortion, than you need to look for the candidate that best fits your views.

Another view

I wish this was true. Politicians are put there to give you the illusion you have a choice, you don't. Banks and corporations own and run this world, and they own us. Your system of elections illustrates this. How many senators are from poor backgrounds? To even run for the office of president requires substantial financial backing. Voting only perpetuates this myth of democracy.

A rebuttal

Not to be too strong here, but the last paragraph above is one of the major reasons why the current system has serious problems.

Failure to vote results in the system being dominated only by those who are strongly motivated by some idea (and thus, tend to be single-issue voters), and thus, extremism (of all forms) holds much larger influence than belief in those issues actually has.

In essence, since by giving up on the existing system as bent, corrupt, or otherwise "not perfect", you actual reinforce the system's tendency to be all of those negatives. The system BECOMES corrupted because people refuse to take responsibility for fixing it; by abdicating the responsibility to vote (and, be informed about the vote you are casting), you, the citizen, are DIRECTLY responsible for the lack of "quality" politicians. That is, people get EXACTLY the kind of representative they are asking for, and if you, the citizen don't ask (by voting) for anything, then how are they (politicians) supposed to know what you want? Public opinion polls? Door to door canvasing? Prayer?

Voting is the only sure-fire way to indicate to politicians what you, the citizen, actually want and desire.

To put is succinctly, the two major reasons why you absolutely, positively MUST vote if you want a functional representative democracy are:

  1. If everyone (or at least, the very large majority) votes, then politicians know exactly what the electorate as a whole wants, and which ideas/opinions are merely those of who like to scream loud, but which have little actual popularity. That is, by voting, marginal ideas and groups are given exactly the amount of attention they deserve: very little.
  2. While money can buy influence (and media time), in the very end analysis, it can't buy an election. Votes are what actually elect people, and while money can sway people's minds, having virtually everyone vote means that it becomes much harder for that money to influence everyone, and it can no longer be effective by only buying the loyalty of small groups. In the end, this means that politicians will (by necessity) become more interested in finding out which ideas are truly popular with everyone, not just those ideas which have some money backing them.

Change does not come overnight; if more people vote, then, slowly, we will get better quality politicians. Frankly, it is the fault of the people who don't vote for why the current generation of politicians are so miserable, not the fault of the people who voted those people in; to put it even more bluntly, if only 10% of the TOTAL ELECTORATE bothers to vote in an election, how is it NOT the fault of those other 90% that the elected person doesn't properly represent the entire population's views? And, yes, we get less than 10% voting in many elections; even in hugely contested elections (such as the 2008 Presidential election), the US had barely 62% of all eligible votes bother to vote.

And you wonder why politicians are crap. We get exactlythe kind of politician we deserve.

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U.S. Electoral College

How many electoral votes are needed to win the Presidential election?

270 is the minimum number required to win at president.

This number is half the total of 538 plus one, i.e a majority.

The number of electoral college members is set by the number of US House Representatives (set at 435 seats since 1911), the number of US Senators (2 per state = 100), plus 3 votes for Washington DC.

(If no candidate gets this majority, the election is decided by the incoming House of Representatives. The House must then choose the president from among the top three candidates recipients of electoral votes in a special election in which each state gets one vote.)

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Australia Politics and Society

When were the first elections held in NSW?

The first election for the New South Wales Legislative Assembly was held in 1856, while it was a Crown Colony.

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Who did George McGovern run against?

George McGovern ran against Richard Nixon in 1972. He lost in a landslide.

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Are banks open on election day in Virginia?

No. All institutions/offices are closed on election day all over the country. This is done to ensure that even people who are employed don't miss out on voting because they have got jobs to do on election day. Banks in Virginia are no exception and they will remain closed on election day.

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How effective was The Compromise of 1850?

Nothing like as effective as the Missouri Compromise, which had kept the peace for thirty years, but whose terms could not accommodate a new state as big as California.

The 1850 Compromise was an awkward trade-off, to allow California to enter the Union as free soil, and Congress had to appease the South with certain concessions. The most controversial of these was the Fugitive Slave Act which allowed official slave-catchers to hunt down runaways.

This infuriated the fast-growing Abolitionist lobby, including Harriet Beecher Stowe who dashed-off 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' in a short time, to see it become a nationwide best-seller, fuelling the slavery debate further.

The 1850 Compromise had to be replaced with more hasty deals, none of which stuck.

In addition to the above, the 1850 Compromised was politically destroyed by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. There we have the introduction of popular sovereignty. The act called for the citizens of territories and upcoming new state applications to vote whether the state would be a free one or a slave state. The act was part of Stephen A. Douglas's legacy.

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Did any newspaper in 1948 have the headline 'Dewey Wins'?

No, but there was a headline that read: Dewey Defeats Truman, in the Chicago Tribune.

There are links below.

The story goes that the election results were slow coming in, and the editors wanted to go home, so they decided to approve the headline before the results were in. Part of the reason they were confident that Dewey would win is because the pollsters had said so. The pollsters had made use of a new technology, the telephone poll. Instead of asking people face to face as in the past, they decided that calling people would be far more efficient. What they failed to realize is that most people, particularly poor people did not have telephones. Consequently, the pollsters over sampled wealthier people who tended to skew towards the republican party, and the results of the polls proved to be inaccurate.

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What does bi-partisan mean?

Typically, the term "bi-partisan" is used to describe a government or political action that consists of a compromise or joint effort between the two major parties (Democrat and Republican).

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What is another name for election analysts?

pollster

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A group of like-minded people who meet to choose candidates for office?

A group of like-minded people who act is this way is usually known as a party.

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Why do you need elections in a democracy?

we need elections so that if the existing power is not ruling properly or not fulfilling the wishes of its people ,the people can change the existing ruler with their choice of party or leader. I want to give an example,when Salvador Allende was killed due to military attack then general Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile. to get the highest votes he indeed used many abuse and dirty tricks to win the elections. so we need elections so that any false power or wrong power cannot rule any longer. people can elect the representatives the like...

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Can Puerto Ricans vote for president?

No. They do hold primaries, as do the American Somoas, the American Virgin Islands and Guam, but residents of these territories (considered to be U.S. citizens) are not allowed to vote for president. They can vote if they move to the United States as many of them have.

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What is the voting age in the US?

You have to be 18 or older and you have to be legally registered to vote. In 1971, the Twenty-sixth Amendment set the legal voting age at 18 for both US federal and state elections.

In the United States nineteen states permit 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections and caucuses if they will be 18 years of age, by election day. An amendment to the state constitution is being considered in the Illinois legislature that would lower its voting age to 17 for non-federal elections, though states can set their voting age to lower than eighteen for federal elections as well. Because it only applies to state elections, seventeen-year-olds would not be able to vote in primaries and general elections for representatives, senators, and President of the United States even if the amendment passes the legislature and referendum

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How long do members of the US House of Representatives serve?

Members of the House of Representatives are elected to two-year terms of office. All 435 voting seats are up for reelection at once, every two years in even-numbered years. There are no term limits.

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What is the difference between joint electorate and separate electorate?

seperate electorate means to elect on the basis of religion while joint means no involvement of religion.it is a blind process,do not matter the religion,cast or state

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When is the next US presidential election?

In 2016, election day will be November 8. The general election for a president is held every four years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

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What is indirect suffrage?

"Suffrage" is another term for voting (it's a take on a latin word). Direct suffrage would be a direct vote from the represented people to elect their leader. Indirect suffrage would be those leaders electing or appointing other positions, rather than the entire people voting for minor governmental positions.

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How were presidential elections created?

Number 68 in the "Federalist Papers" explains some of the reasons why the U.S. Constitutional Convention settled on the Electoral College system. Alexander Hamilton is thought to have written the essay. Any library will have the original, or you can just click here, but here's a loose paraphrase: "The election of the President is almost the only part of our proposed constitution that nobody's complaining about. In fact, one opponent of ours says it's 'pretty well guarded'. I think the idea is nearly perfect, myself. "We wanted the selection procedure to involve the people, since what we're doing is basically choosing a king for four years, which has to be a big deal. Hence the electors are not part of the government, but are elected by the people each time. "On the other hand, the people we wanted to actually choose the President were people who would know something about politics and could make reasonable arguments and responsible decisions about it. Clearly that doesn't apply to all the voters. But it does usually apply to people that get elected to public office. So we made this new office of elector. "We especially didn't want an election that could be hijacked by gangs or mass hysteria on election day, and I think we've found a way to prevent that. The voting on election day is just to choose electors, and it's hard to imagine people getting worked up about that. Plus, the electors don't even meet all together, only in their home states, so there won't be a chanting crowd outside the door or anything like that. "What we wanted most of all was to discourage conspiracy and bribery, which we expect to see foreign governments try. The two-stage election takes care of that too, because no one knows who the electors will be until a few weeks before they make their choice. And since they're spread out across the country, there simply wouldn't be time to buy them all. "The other best thing about the Electoral College is that it's not Congress. Electors do one job, one time, and then go home. The President doesn't have to deal with them or worry about their reaction, as he does with Congress...."

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Who did David Mitchell vote for in the British Election?

The Lib Dems.

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Can you register to vote if you have a warrant for an old ticket?

Yes, you can register. Each state has felon voting laws that may restrict people convicted of and/or incarcerated for a felony from registering or voting. For more information, see Related Links.

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What are the three classes of people excluded from voting?

At least in my own country they are : seriously disabled people, people over 70,

illiterate people, and people under 16 years old.

underage,felons serving sentence or probation n unregistered residents

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