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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.

Asked in Postage and Shipping, Elections and Voting, Post Offices

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). ...
Asked in US Presidents, Elections and Voting

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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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 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...
Asked in Elections and Voting, 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. ...
Asked in Elections and Voting, 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...
Asked in Banking, Elections and Voting

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. ...
Asked in US Presidents, Richard Nixon, Elections and Voting

Who did George McGovern run against?

George McGovern ran against Richard Nixon in 1972. He lost in a landslide. ...
Asked in US Civil War, History of the United States, Politics and Government, Elections and Voting

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...
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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...
Asked in Politics and Government, Definitions, Elections and Voting, Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words

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). ...
Asked in US Constitution, Political Science, Definitions, Elections and Voting

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...
Asked in US Presidents, US Constitution, Elections and Voting

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. ...
Asked in US Constitution, US Government, Elections and Voting, US Senators and Representatives

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. ...
Asked in Elections and Voting, The Difference Between

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. ...
Asked in Politics and Government, Elections and Voting

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...
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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 ...
Asked in Politics and Government, Elections and Voting, US Congress

Why are political party's important?

Political parties are large groups of individuals with common interests or opinions who form into a single coalition in order to elect slates of candidates who favor their viewpoint. They are important because, by banding together in a party, people have greater ability to influence the actions of government and make their voice heard during elections. Many people who are critical of the concept of political parties cite an increase in partisanship, a term that denotes the tendency of party members to support...
Asked in US Presidents, US Constitution, Elections and Voting

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...