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Is wearing ACLU's "Let People Vote Pin" to the polling place considered electioneering?

For context, the region I'm in is Sangamon County, Illinois. I ordered an ACLU pin from their shop. I expect it to arrive before November 3rd and I am excited to wear it at the polling place. I am, ...
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Is it criminal for POTUS to engage GA Secretary State over Election results?

Given recent headlines regarding the Trump-Raffensperger phone call regarding GA election results, experts like Preet Bharara indicate criminal conduct. If this is true, What exactly would a ...
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Could a US state allow non-citizens to vote in presidential elections?

On July 30th, President Trump suggested in a tweet that the US presidential election should be delayed due to COVID impeding in-person voting. Every news article I've read since (Vox, Slate, ...
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Does Texas have standing to litigate against other States' election results?

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/states-blast-texas-bid-overturn-election-seditious-abuse/story?id=74656637 What standing is required (if any) for an entity (person, corporation, state, etc.) to ...
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Does Power of Attorney extend to voting in an election?

Let's say that a citizen of the United States is in declining mental health and is not of sound mind or body to care for their own affairs, so the family sought Power of Attorney and received it. Let'...
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Ramifications of Texas' election lawsuit

It's a generally accepted principle that each state is responsible for running its own elections. This leads to a lot of variation between different states - some states let felons vote, some don't; ...
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What can happen if the US President has violated campaign finance laws?

There has been recent news about President Donald Trump possibly breaking campaign finance laws due to a repayment made to one of his lawyers. NPR: Trump Admits To Authorizing Stormy Daniels Payoff, ...
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How can the US House of Representatives transition to be elected by proportional representation? Would editing "PL 2 USC 2c" work?

Here is context for my question: I am a student studying political science. I am researching policy that could be used to dismantle the stranglehold that the Democratic and Republican parties have on ...
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Felony codes in Frank Artiles fake campaign case in Miami-Dade

Frank Artiles, a former Florida state representative and senator, was charged with felonies in connection to a scam candidate scheme in Miami Dade County. There was a general question asked about the ...
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What measures can the EU take if there are irregularities in EU parliament elections in a member state?

There are reports of EU citizens denied their voting rights in the UK during the 2019 European Parliament election in the UK. I assume there are ways to report them in the UK. But what can the EU do ...
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Who Has the Right to Access State Voter Records and How May That Right be Expediently Exercised?

A few days ago, I posted this question on the Politics Stack Exchange I am modifying and reposting it here in the hope of receiving a more substantial answer. In the United States, who (individual, ...
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Is this scenario for Trump reversing the election legally sound?

Newsweek has published a scenario which it claims could lead to Trump reversing an election defeat. I'd like to know if the legal steps in this are correct. Here is the scenario with political ...
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What is the precise legal meaning of "electors" being "appointed"?

Both Article 2 of the US Constitution and 3 USC Chapter 1 talk about "appointing electors". However, 3 USC Chapter 1 clearly refers to the election day (this is when "appointing ...
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POTUS term limit (hypothetical)

It is frequently said that the current term limit for a US President is 10 years, consisting of inheriting the presidency for a 2 year caretaker term, then elected twice for 8 years, not necessarily ...
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What would happen if undocumented immigrants vote in the United States?

Asking this as a factual question. No political agenda intended. In the current US election dispute team Trump have repeatedly made the allegation that there was mass voting by undocumented immigrants....
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What happens when a state loses so many people that they *have* to give up a house seat and electoral college vote? Who becomes the unlucky loser?

How does one determine who gets "fired" after a mass exodus or catastrophic event that leads to the departure or death of a sizeable portion of people in states that have several ...
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What would happen to California’s recall effort if the governor resigned?

In California a recall election of Gavin Newsom is underway. If he resigned during the voting, would the election be called off? Would the Lt. Governor become the Governor? If so, how late into the ...
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Do governors have veto power over the appointment of the electors by state legislature?

I believe governors in all 50 states have veto power when normal laws are passed in their states. However, if a state legislature chose (or was directed to by the courts) to appoint the electors in a ...
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Do the Postmaster's actionsviolate 18 U.S. Code § 595. Interference by administrative employees of Federal, State, or Territorial Governments?

According to the US Code Title 18 Section 595: Whoever, being a person employed in any administrative position by the United States, or by any department or agency thereof...uses his official ...
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Can presidential electors be challenged for performing "strictly a ceremonial function"?

BACKGROUND Despite the basically accurate title of this question, the full question is a bit complicated so I am going to start with some background and then ask an expanded version of the above ...
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Can a U.S. election be overturned for foreign interference?

Can a U.S. election be overturned due to foreign interference? In the last U.S. election, people were concerned that Russia played a significant role in getting Donald Trump elected, so I was ...
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Would free taxi/uber rides for voters be a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 597 - Expenditures to influence voting?

There is a PAC that is offering a discount code offering free uber/lyft/etc rides to transport voters to the polls, in Pennsylvania. Wouldn't this constitute a blatant violation of 18 U.S. Code § 597: ...
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Is there any way a president could be voted in by popular vote more than two terms?

If everybody was to vote on their ballot for a United States president who had already served two terms and won the election what would happen?
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What is the Basis in Law that an "Investigation 'Quid Pro Quo'" is Unlawful or Unconstitutional?

In cases of investigating election fraud, there seems to be a potential for a conflict of interest no matter who investigates it. So, why can't the White House investigate campaign issues (involving ...
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Can Congress declare someone guilty of insurrection and bar them from standing for elections, without that being considered a bill of attainder?

A Q&A to a related question on Politics SE quoted the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-...
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Is there a difference between a "thing of value" and a "thing of benefit" to a political campaign?

There is currently a number of claims being made, on cable tv, stating that information can be considered an in-kind contribution to a political campaign because it benefits the campaign and because ...
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What constitutes election interference for non-immigrants?

Supposing I am in the US on a non-immigrant visa, what actions on my behalf would constitute election interference? For example, I understand that purchasing election merchandise is illegal, but would ...
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How is it legal for the US President's name to appear on aid checks?

Apparently, (soon-former) US President Donald Trump's name appeared on the stimulus checks sent out last year. I guess this is a late question to ask, but - how can this be legal? It makes it appears ...
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Can I register to vote in Connecticut?

I'm attending college in Connecticut, where I've lived on-campus for approximately 3 months. I'm from out-of-state, however, and reside in Connecticut only during the school year. Am I eligible to ...
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Is it legal, in the US, to sell business insurance which is triggered by a political loss of a pro-business party?

Regardless of whether it is right or wrong, Republicans are considered to be the pro-business party. It doesn't really matter, for the purposes of this question, whether that's a correct assumption. ...
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Am I legally required to ask information to my housemates and complete Official Household Information Response on their behalf?

I'm Italian and I live in a shared house in the UK. I've received an e-mail from Cambridge City Council electoral services which starts like this: We recently sent a letter to ask householders to ...
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Impeach Pence if he deviates while counting presidential ballots

If Vice President Pence deviates from simply announcing the ballots from the Electoral College on January 6, 2020, and instead attempts to unilaterally reject some ballots, can the House of ...
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What triggers a contingent election?

I have read many opinion articles which discuss the possibility that some states fail to appoint any presidential electors (as actually happened with the state of New York in our first federal ...
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What law is broken if a family member disposes of a filled absentee ballot?

Location: US, your choice of state if it matters (as this is a hypothetical situation, answers under any state/federal law are acceptable) The hypothetical situation: a family member has legally ...
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Is it legal for the USPS to forward a ballot in Washington state?

I live in King County in Washington state, where my son (who is temporarily away at college in another state) is registered to vote in the 2020 election. My address is his permanent residence. ...
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What is the legality surrounding the U.S. electoral college members becoming “faithless electors?”

So with Donald Trump declared the next (45th) President of the United States of America this week, a lot of people are unhappy to say the least. And the discussion of the role and purpose of the ...
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What happens if a USA House Rep or Senator is caught committing voting fraud *after* being sworn in a week or month later?

Hypothetical question: If a USA house rep or senator is caught with extremely strong evidence that shows they only won via voting fraud, whether through mass ballot harvesting or other forms of fraud, ...
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Who, if anyone, has standing to sue over improperly-run elections?

In Wood v. Raffensperger, Wood alleged that the Georgia 2020 general election was invalid due to the defendants conducting their election-related roles in an unconstitutional manner. Like most ...
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Have the "alternate elelectors" committed a crime?

Trying to vote in an election without a legal right to do so is a crime. One person in the 2020 US Presidential election was caught trying to use his dead mother's vote, and now faces up to 19 years ...
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Can the majority party/coalition in UK Parliament remove the PM and vote in a new one without calling for total new nationwide elections?

Curious American here. You may have heard we have our own troubles on this side of the pond. From widely reported news, I understand that Parliament voted overwhelmingly against the PM's plan for ...
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On what basis might higher courts refuse to hear Trump’s appeals

Trump’s federal case was dismissed with what looks like a very clear ruling https://www.democracydocket.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2020/11/Order-Granting-MTD.pdf . He will undoubtedly appeal, ...
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If an unofficial ballot “harvesting” bin is left in a public area, could it and its contents be considered abandoned property?

There are reports of unofficial ballot drop boxes appearing in California. I'm wondering if legally ballots deposited in such bins could be considered abandoned by their owners. I understand that an ...
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Is it election fraud or otherwise against the law to call a leaked caucus hotline being used for election?

Part of the media's narrative for the Iowa caucus is that pro-Trump pranksters/trolls from 4chan prank called the Iowa caucus locked up the phone lines preventing the redundant system from assisting ...
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Are there any legal theories under which New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation state primary law could be upheld or struck down federally?

With the 2020 Democratic primaries underway, the role played by the early states (particularly Iowa and New Hampshire) is again under scrutiny. Let's suppose that in 2028, one of the parties decides ...
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Is it against the law to takes photographs inside of ballot papers in the UK?

It being election day in the UK, there's plenty of memes doing the rounds about various aspects (and myths and misinformation) about voting on social media. One that has raised its head again is the ...
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Laws regarding behavior while in a polling place waiting line - what is soliciting?

Consider the Georgia Senate Bill SB202 recently passed SB 202 . It includes (Section 33 at pdf page 21, line 1872) No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method... (This ...
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Why can the Supreme Court tell a state what to do with its ballots?

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito late Friday granted part of a request from Pennsylvania's state Republicans, who wanted an order regarding mail ballots that came in during the extended deadline. He ...
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What if the Electoral College result at the meeting date differs from the final?

I saw a question about what would happen if the results weren't certified in all states. Someone asked a question at What happens if not all the votes are counted by the Electoral College's meeting?. ...
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Is age discrimination legal in French elections?

In France, the mayors of large cities divided into districts are not directly elected by the inhabitants of these cities but by the mayors and councilors of each district which, this time, has been ...
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Can the US President and Senate redefine the calendar year to extend the presidential term?

I was recently watching a video about what would happen if the US president tried to cancel or postpone the election. From what I gather, the 20th amendment ensures that his term will end on January ...