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Trump's voting rights

If I recall correctly the State of Flordia restricts a person's right to vote if convicted of certain crimes. If Donald Trump is found guilty in any of his criminal cases could he potentially no ...
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USA write-in ballots

Disclosure: I do not live in the USA and so am only picking up bits of American news from various places. What I'm picking up on is that one of the larger things in the United States is a legal ...
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Are there legal consequences for voting in opposing party's presidential primary?

This question is a kind of follow-up to a question on Minneapolis reddit. In short: Are there legal consequences in MN for voting in the opposing party's primary election with the aim of "helping&...
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Can felons vote?

I am not familiar with USA laws, but I saw that Maine and Vermont are the only states where felons never lose their right to vote. Is this true? Does that include all elections (I.e., local, state, ...
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International standards on prisoners' right to vote

Are there any international standards or declarations/conventions on prisoners' right to vote?
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Can a political party falsely inform its opponent's voters that their voter registrations have been cancelled?

Location: Michigan, United States Let's say we have two major political parties - let's call them YellowParty and PurpleParty. YellowParty obtains a list of reliable PurpleParty voters and sets out to ...
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Potential jurors in a state election fraud scheme-conflict of interest?

Obviously this question was inspired by recent events in the United States, specifically the state of Georgia. It applies more generally though to any such case. I thought that in order to be a ...
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How can you prevent someone from buying out your company and dissolving it the next day to screw you over (you have equity in the company)

I'm thinking about a hypothetical scenario. Let's say someone wants to buy out your company (LLC if it matters) for $1 million. Let's say you annoy the buyers by requesting some equity in the company, ...
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National Referendums

What is the process for an ordinary citizen to get a national referendum on the ballot? An example might be: All voting districts must be determined by a grid system thus creating a uniform system of ...
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Is it legal to let someone else vote on your behalf in Oregon if you sign the ballot?

John Smith doesn't care about voting. Is it legal for him to give his ballot to Jane Doe and let her vote, then have her give the ballot back to him so he can sign and submit it? Does it matter if ...
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Is keeping on the homepage the link to a past article with comments over the vote a violation of the electoral silence?

In Italy there is a law which states that 24 hours before the start of a vote, be it an election or a referendum, the campaign must stop. It is called the electoral silence and in this period every ...
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Is it illegal to tell people to photograph their completed ballots in a secret election?

Running with themes of "voter fraud" from the 2020 US Presidential Election, this 2022 Australian Federal election several minor parties and Independents are encouraging voters to photograph ...
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Why are websites like voter's records legal?

How is it possible that https://voterrecords.com/ can operate without any problems? They reveal your personal information without your direct consent. Basically, you can find the address of anyone who ...
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Is it legal for voters to take age of candidate into consideration?

Some times in conversations that a candidate is too young/old. I wonder as it is illegal for companies to discriminate on basis of race/age/gender etc. So will it be illegal for voters to think/decide ...
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Why would the founding fathers allow women to be president but not to vote?

The only requirements to be president are 35 years of age, 14 years of residence, and being a natural born citizen. This has been in the Constitution since the original ratification in 1789. But women'...
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What are the differences between "Elected by Universal Suffrage" and "Elected by Popular vote"?

The latter is used in our constitution, while the former is used in every other aspect where an election within lesser entities -like colleges or syndicates- is required. Furthermore, could an organic ...
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Would it be unconstitutional to store a picture of everyone before they vote?

Voter ID laws are currently a subject of great controversy in the US. One side claims that they are an attempt to raise the cost of voting, and by so doing suppress certain demographics' votes. The ...
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The Right to Vote

In the past, at least in certain parts of the country, you had to own property to vote. I am thinking that was and still is constitutional. Would a law that says that if you do not pay Federal income ...
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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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Defining the scope over which a vote can be taken

I'm looking for the name of something that likely is defined somehwere in Robert's Rules of Order or in some other standard in parliamentary procedure. Before a vote can take place, there must be a ...
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Can the GDPR be used to obtain US voting information

This grows out of a comment in the question Who Has the Right to Access State Voter Records and How May That Right be Expediently Exercised? If a US citizen is currently resident in the EU, can that ...
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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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Do all US states require proof of citizenship in order to vote in federal elections?

Currently, there are no states where it's legal for a non-citizen to vote in a federal election. The question is whether all states' laws specify that proof of citizenship is require for voter ...
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Can Native Americans vote in national elections if they live on a reservation?

Native American reservations are not states, and - unlike Washington, D.C. - weren’t given any representation by a Constitutional amendment. So Native Americans who belong to a tribe and live on a ...
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Pay voters for voting, or not, in NH

I'm aware of a relevant law discussed in a related thread, but the law is not clear to me still. It's not clear to me by the language of the law whether "consideration of his vote or the ...
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What would it actually mean for a minor "3rd party" to get 5% of the vote in a general election?

United States here. I have several friends who are Libertarian and who claim that if Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian candidate) gets 5% of "the vote" this general election, they will begin getting ...
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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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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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Donations to Influence Voting

18 U.S. Code § 597.Expenditures to influence voting basically states how it is illegal for someone to pay someone or receive payment to vote a certain manner. However, would it be illegal for someone ...
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Helping disabled person to vote by mail in Florida

My mother has MS and can barely move her arms, she cannot grip a pen, much less write anything. She is interested in voting but she cannot sign the ballot. How can I legally help her to vote (by mail-...
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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 illegal for a US voter to disclose their ballot choices?

This is a follow-on question from Politics SE, wherein several participants claimed that it was illegal for a voter to divulge their own ballot choices. As this is purely a question of law, rather ...
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Paying off fines to enable voting is buying votes?

In Florida felons have to pay off all their fines in order to regain their right to vote. An organization is offering to pay off the fines of Florida felons so they can vote. Some people are ...
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Is "intent" taken into account by US Law (in this circumstance)?

I could imagine that "I was just cleaning the gun and it went off" might be an acceptable defence against killing someone, but, in a comment to a question on our Politics site about trump ...
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Is it legal to vote in a US election both through mail-in voting and through in-person voting at a polling station?

Donald Trump recently made the recommendation for people to vote twice in the election: once through mail-in voting and once through in-person voting at a polling station: https://www.nbcnews.com/...
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Mail-in ballot dropbox

What prevents authorities from setting up a dropbox for mail-in ballots at local voting precincts (maybe something similar to testing where you do not need to exit your automobile)? I ask because in ...
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Could a US state allow non-citizens to vote in presidential elections?

On July 30th [2020], 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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Can a US citizen who moves from Puerto Rico to Canada vote in the presidential election?

An American who moves abroad maintains the status he had when he lived in the homeland. So a New Yorker who moves to Canada still can vote for his congressman, senator and the nation's president. (...
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Census support for voting rights (1870)

The fifteenth amendment was not ratified when the 1870 census forms were designed. The last two questions in 1870 were Was this intended to support Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment (which ...
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Would using poll watchers to hold down voter turnout from opposing party in battleground areas be illegal?

I have heard something in the news about 50,000 poll watchers being sent by a specific political party that has received fewer votes in most of the presidential elections since 1990 and received ...
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Ballot selfies in certain states

If you want to show a friend who you voted for, in Louisiana to prove you voted for Rispone (the Republican candidate), you are perfectly OK. But, if you do it in nearby Georgia to prove you voted for ...
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Voting and policies during emergencies

What are the different mechanisms, procedures, and protocols in place by states' board of elections to handle voting during emergencies? e.g. Hurricane, health, and riot. I am under the assumption ...
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Is it illegal to challenge a voter’s registration based on the knowledge that they are a member of the opposing party?

I watched a documentary about modern voter suppression. It said that in every state except for four it is legal for a civilian to challenge another voter’s registration. Let’s say that for example ...
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Does having an absentee ballot request approved mean it's legal to vote using that ballot?

I'm an American living abroad and I'd like to register to vote. I'm trying to figure out in which state I can vote. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there until the age of 21, then moved to ...
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Can votes be bought in America using complex math problems instead of money?

I know I’ve already asked this, but I am curious about if you are allowed to buy votes of people who are willing to participate. Using Flashlib’s idea, what if the people voted for a party in exchange ...
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Are US laws against vote buying unenforceable?

In the US, there are laws against vote buying (having people pay other people to vote for themselves or their favorite candidate). However, this law seems like it is unenforceable because of the ...
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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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Aliens voting in Federal elections

I've read that a Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in Federal elections. I'm not a lawyer, but from reading the original Constitution and all the amendments, I don't see anything that ...
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privacy and (proxy) voting

X and Y are entitled to vote at a UK company's general meeting. Proxies are allowed and instructions are to be notified to the company office in advance of the meeting. Votes at the meeting are to be ...
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As an employer, can I compel my employees to vote?

Obviously an employer absolutely can't require employees to vote for any particular candidate (or even to vote for any candidate rather than spoiling their ballot), but if it was included as a clause ...
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