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Is it legal for voters to take age of candidate into consideration?

Discrimination in employment The starting point is: discrimination is legal unless there is a law that says it isn't. So for example, when I advertise a plumbing position, I can discriminate on the ...
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As an employer, can I compel my employees to vote?

Nobody so far has discussed Electoral law e.g. Representation of the People Act 1983 There are various clauses that may be relevant, one of which is: A voter shall be guilty of bribery if before ...
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Can a political party falsely inform its opponent's voters that their voter registrations have been cancelled?

The conduct described would be a felony. Two men where just convicted of state crimes this week for very similar conduct in Ohio. Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman pleaded guilty to felony ...
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Could a US state allow non-citizens to vote in presidential elections?

Yes, states could allow aliens to vote for President. As ohwilleke says, the Constitution gives the states control over who can vote. In fact, for much of our history, many states allowed aliens to ...
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As an employer, can I compel my employees to vote?

Enforcement by firing a person could be a problem. There are specific allowed reasons to fairly fire an employee, which does not include "failure to vote". The description of unfair reasons includes, ...
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Is it illegal for a US voter to disclose their ballot choices?

Short answer: It depends on the state and exactly how you do so. Stating how you voted, by itself, is fine; however, taking a photo of your ballot instead of just saying how you voted is illegal in ...
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Are there legal consequences for voting in opposing party's presidential primary?

Some states require that you be registered to vote in a political party by a deadline to vote in its primary. Some states allow unaffiliated voters and voters who are registered to vote in a ...
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Can felons vote?

The question is answered at the level of state law. It does seem that Maine and Vermont are the only two states where felons never lose voting rights (here, here, the latter pointing out that this ...
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Why are websites like voter's records legal?

There is a law requiring it (in Washington). Per RCW 29a.08.720, "current lists of registered voters are public records and must be made available for public inspection and copying under such ...
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Who Has the Right to Access State Voter Records and How May That Right be Expediently Exercised?

In most US states, anyone can buy such lists, covering either the whole state or a specific municipality or election district. Political campaigns routinely buy such lists and use them to organize ...
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Are there legal consequences for voting in opposing party's presidential primary?

In Minnesota, persons registering to vote do not declare any party affiliation. No political parties are mentioned on the voter registration form, either by the state, which prepares the form, or by ...
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The Right to Vote

Historically there were restrictions on voting that no longer exist: being white, male or property-owner are examples. For example, the 15th amendment prohibited denying the right to vote on the basis ...
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Could a high school teacher require their students to register to vote in New York?

According to New York law ELN § 17-142: Except as allowed by law, any person who directly or indirectly, by himself or through any other person: 1. Pays, lends or contributes, or offers or promises ...
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Is it illegal for a US voter to disclose their ballot choices?

I don't know of any law that prohibits the disclosure of your choices on a ballot. It would certainly be invalidated on First Amendment grounds. There are laws outlawing the disclosure of pictures of ...
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Is it illegal for a US voter to disclose their ballot choices?

Since the mod welcomes answers from other jurisdictions a short note on the situation in Germany. In 2017, the head of the federal election commission ("Bundeswahlleiter") filed charges ...
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Can felons vote?

germany Yes, people convicted of crimes may vote unless they have been specifically prohibited from doing so. This is exceedingly rare. According to a student law paper, this has only happened 178 ...
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USA write-in ballots

If the U.S. Supreme Court does rule that states can bar him from being listed on the ballot as a printed name, what happens if enough of his supporters decided to list him as as a write-in name on ...
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International standards on prisoners' right to vote

The International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),1 Article 25, says: Every citizen shall have the right and the opportunity, without any of the distinctions mentioned in article 2 ...
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USA write-in ballots

Merely having an invalid write-in does not spoil the ballot in general; it spoils only that vote. If the ballot is ranked-choice, further votes are counted, and if there are other votes on the ballot (...
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Aliens voting in Federal elections

TL;DNR: Madison, Hamilton, Justice Harlan & Justice Scalia agree with you. Justice Black does not. You raise an interesting question. As you point out, the Qualifications Clause, Art I, § 2.1, (...
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Could a US state allow non-citizens to vote in presidential elections?

Maybe. The right to vote in a federal election is a matter of state law, subject to constitutional restrictions on who cannot be denied the right to vote, and federal statutes. No provision of the U.S....
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Why would the founding fathers allow women to be president but not to vote?

Prior to the 14th and 15th amendments, the US Federal Constitution and the Federal laws passed under it neither allowed nor denied anyone the right to vote. The decisions on who would and would not be ...
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As an employer, can I compel my employees to vote?

If you're an employer who really wants their employees to vote, there are much easier ways. Arranging a minibus to the voting booth and the rest of the afternoon off for those that go to the voting ...
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Could I sue for a popular vote?

Although the constitution doesn't explicitly require your vote to be equal in strength, surely the founders intended with the word 'vote' that you at least get to choose who you vote for. Quite the ...
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Is it illegal for a US voter to disclose their ballot choices?

In the UK, it's a crime to take any photographs or images inside the polling station. Photographing a ballot paper is a big no-no. Although prosecutions to my knowledge are extremely rare and you ...
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Paying off fines to enable voting is buying votes?

You analysis is correct. The claim that this is illegal election tampering bribery is just baseless election year fear mongering.
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Can the GDPR be used to obtain US voting information

I suspect that US voting records would fall under Article 2(2)(a): Article 2 Material Scope ... This Regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data: (a) in the course of an activity ...
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What would happen to California’s recall effort if the governor resigned?

Section 11302 of the California Elections Code makes it crystal clear - as soon as an office becomes vacant, the recall election proceeds anyway, unless as of that moment there are not enough ...
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National Referendums

united-states What is the process for an ordinary citizen to get a national referendum on the ballot? It can't be done. There are no national referendums in the United States and there is no means ...
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