Today my dad had me apply for an absentee ballot for a water conservation district election and it got me wondering: How many of these weird, obscure local elections are held each year and how can I vote in more of them? I live in Cincinnati, Ohio if that makes a difference, but more general advice is welcome.
I'm in a situation where I'd (A) like to keep my personal info and donation amounts from being a matter of public record, and (B) identify good organizations I can keep donating to, even after this election cycle is over. I'm a US citizen. So, putting political candidates' campaigns and PACs aside, what other organizations will help with any of the following? [more inside]
I live near some battleground states-- Iowa, Wisconsin... should I take a week to go canvas in those states? Donate money? Something else? My schedule is pretty flexible-- what's the most impactful way for me to help her get elected?
I'm trying to find a recent article/blog post that argued that the reason New York has relatively restrictive policies for voting is because the state votes reliably Democratic and there isn't a need to expand voting access. Did anyone see this? Within the last two weeks. [more inside]
I currently live in the electorally-important State A, but will be moving to the less-important State B before the 2016 Presidential Election. (I am from the electorally-insignificant State C, from which my driver's license is issued, and sometimes use my parents' address there for "permanent address".) Where can I/should I register to vote? [more inside]
For the upcoming Canadian election on Oct. 19, I would like to vote in advance. However, I am not registered to vote, and cannot register through the online system as I do not have an Ontario driver's license. Is it possible for me to vote in advance if I'm not registered?
Election day panic! My driver's license address points me to one precinct in Broward County, FL. The address where I am actually registered to vote is at another precinct in the same county. Where do I go? If I go to where I'm registered and my license is at an address in a different city, will they turn me away? On hold with my county's Supervisor of Elections for 15:06 at this point.
Help me be an informed voter in my local (U.S.) Senate and Congressional races tomorrow! I'd like to key in my ZIP code and get a concise, impartial overview of the platform and positions of all the candidates on the ballot. Direct me to site(s) that may serve, Metafilter.
I'll make this super-simple: how anonymous is your vote in the United States? I'm currently working for a progressive-oriented group that does lot of work with Democratic politicians/figures - but I'm considering voting third-party in this year's presidential election. [more inside]
(US election filter) Is it unlawful for me to post some homemade additional "vote here" signs to make my polling place easier to find? [more inside]
I was registered to vote in Weld county in 2008. Earlier this month I moved a few miles away to a town that happens to be in Weld county (Firestone, Co to Frederick, Co). Can I still vote in the 2012 election? Do I need to change any information before I vote?
Voter registration in NYC. My husband and I just moved from lower Manhattan to the UES. Do we need to submit new voter registration forms? Or, can we just go to the local polling place.
What is the Republican justification for trying to end early voting days? [more inside]
Should I vote in the upcoming presidential election? If so, for who? [more inside]
Is there an updated list of all the new Voter ID laws in various states in America? [more inside]
There's a misleading political billboard up in my small Massachusetts town, implying photo ID is required for voting. This is not true. I'm hopping mad & trying to figure out what would be an appropriate response to this situation. (More info & a photo link below.) [more inside]
“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote in a national election” Why is there an apparent apathy of political participation in America, and to extend it a bit, how come voting turn-out is higher in some countries in others even if the countries in comparison are both recognized liberal democracies?
I just found out my local representative (who runs unopposed every year) looks at the write-in names under his on the ballots and then hires a private detective to investigate all of the people named in the write in line of the ballot. This sounds illegal to me as I'm pretty sure candidates shouldn't be looking at actual ballots. Aren't they supposed to be counted by the computers or poll workers?
I thought instant runoff/ranked choice voting was cool. But now I'm not sure... [more inside]
Do I Vote? [more inside]
Please help me be an informed voter for local elections in November (spec: Brooklyn). [more inside]
UK Voting Question. I want to vote for Nick Clegg but I despise the local Lib Dem MP. How can I vote for one and not the other? [more inside]
Will I be able to vote in the Florida election tomorrow using an expired passport as Photo ID, or will I be stuck filling out a provisional ballot? [more inside]
Is there any hope for my vote? [more inside]
Electoral College filter: Why do nearly all states award their electoral votes on a winner-take-all basis, when splitting them up could get them more attention and favorable policies? [more inside]
Mr. sfkiddo voted by mail and didn't sign the envelope. Help us make his vote count. [more inside]
What is the best website you've seen that provides a clear, simple, and (relatively) neutral explanation of each presidential candidate's positions on the issues? [more inside]
What's the policy for opening absentee ballots? Are all ballots opened, or are they only opened when they are expected to be statistically significant? [more inside]
I'm going to be a first-time volunteer poll worker on Election Day -- any tips, advice, or relevant anecdotes for me? [more inside]
I just found out that I am listed as an "active" registered voter in two Pennsylvania counties -- may I vote in either one of those counties in November? [more inside]
How can I verify my voter registration in California? [more inside]
How can I accurately predict the overall winner of the 2008 US Presidential Election. I would also like to know the best methods of accurately predicting the winner of the electoral votes of each individual state. [more inside]
We've recently moved from one Australian state (NT) to another Australian state (Tasmania), and have neglected to update our voting registration details. Aware that an election is about to take place in the NT, I started looking into changing my voter registration, only to discover that the election is happening this Saturday, and it's probably too late for the change to take effect! Am I likely to get into trouble for going to the electoral office in Hobart to vote in the NT election, given that while I remain on the electoral roll in the NT, my actual residence is now in Tasmania? Or should I just send in the voter registration change-of-address forms as quickly as possible and hope for the best?
US-election filter: are felons allowed to vote? [more inside]
Has any democracy, in a free, fair and open election, ever chosen a racial minority as a head of state or head of government? [more inside]
How much civic duty is enough? Should I keep going as an election judge? [more inside]
Can you use a phone (to get assistance from a friend, for example) while voting? [more inside]
Do I keep my plans with a friend this evening or go home to vote? [more inside]
As much as I'd like to contribute my vote to what could be a pivotal senate race, I don't want to do anything illegal. I need some clarification. [more inside]
How should I vote at the bottom of the ballot? [more inside]
I am philosophically opposed to the concept of voter initiatives and ballot questions. There are three questions on my ballot on Tuesday. Should I leave them blank, or vote no? [more inside]
Could I possibly get in trouble for snapping a picture of my ballot/voting screen with my phonecam? [more inside]
Are there any good, secure, free and easy to install systems for running an election on a website? [more inside]
Who gets to vote in US Presidential elections? Specifically, what are the rules for expats, Guam, and other edge cases? [more inside]
Dirty Tricks Filter: Who would likely benefit from this bogus election email? [more inside]
How was voting today? [more inside]
Any place have the web equivalent of those "I Voted" stickers?
What website should I be locked into on Tuesday night? I want raw data, real-time lists of media and VNS calls for various states, as well as info on Senate and House returns.
Could a tight presidential result in lead to civil war? [more inside]
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