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Scammy political billboard of questionable legality: what to do?

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 - 30 answers

Voting turnout in different countries

“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?
posted by espada0 on Mar 10, 2011 - 27 answers

Is it legal for a candidate to have access to ballots after the election?

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?
posted by jihaan on Nov 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Rankled choice

I thought instant runoff/ranked choice voting was cool. But now I'm not sure... [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 3, 2010 - 30 answers

Help me follow election returns on the go.

Please recommend a good iPhone app or mobile-optimized website for following U.S. election returns on Tuesday night -- not just the outcome of races, but the returns of individual races as they come in. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Nov 1, 2010 - 5 answers

How to watch election results without a TV?

How can I watch election results without a TV? I dropped my cable subscription about 6 months ago, and haven't missed it... until now. How can I watch the election results roll in tomorrow night? I have broadband internet, so live streaming video would be ideal. Do you know if anyone is planning on providing a stream?
posted by allen8219 on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

California gubernatorial race poll numbers

Was there a single event that happened on or shortly before September 7th, 2010, that caused Brown's poll numbers to start to rise and Whitman's numbers correspondingly fall in the current gubernatorial race for US state of California? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Oct 27, 2010 - 14 answers

But I was a Boy Scout

Do I Vote? [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Oct 25, 2010 - 28 answers

Where is the proverbial website door for becoming an informed local voter?

Please help me be an informed voter for local elections in November (spec: Brooklyn). [more inside]
posted by Sweetdefenestration on Sep 24, 2010 - 5 answers

An ass recommends donkey-voting

What would happen if every Australian 'donkey-voted' this Saturday? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Aug 15, 2010 - 26 answers

U.S. State data maps.

How do I easily make a map like this, from data like this? [more inside]
posted by Stu-Pendous on Aug 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Dates of the 1964 Presidential Primaries?

What were the dates of the early Presidential primaries in 1964? I don't need them all, just the first few - New Hampshire, Illinois, Texas etc. [more inside]
posted by bagadonuts on May 25, 2010 - 3 answers

What does the UK Home Secretary do?

Please explain the UK's Home Secretary Cabinet position to an interested American. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on May 12, 2010 - 19 answers

I want to watch this part of this episode of The Simpsons. Where can I find it?

Where can I find a copy of Citizen Kang (part of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VII) by 10pm tonight? Streaming will be fine, TV-resolution preferred. I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on May 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Tell us what UK polling workers do?

UK election filter -- what does "manning a polling station" entail? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Mutant on May 2, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I vote for Nick Clegg but not my local Lib Dem MP?

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]
posted by hazyjane on Apr 30, 2010 - 19 answers

Tweet the Vote

What were some novel uses of technology in the 2008 U.S. presidential election? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Feb 13, 2010 - 17 answers

UK election compatibility quiz website?

UKElectionFilter: What's the name of that amazing website that asks you a series of questions and then displays your compatibility with the various parties? [more inside]
posted by bullox on Jan 29, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months?

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months? [more inside]
posted by flarbuse on Jan 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Judging judges.

What questions should I ask a candidate running for Superior Court Judge? [more inside]
posted by ryanrs on Nov 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Where to be born for president of Palestine?

Are there steadfast constitutional rules - like birthplace - for those who seek political office in the Palestinian Territories?
posted by parmanparman on Nov 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Campaign stiffs campaign workers, won't respond. Solutions?

Local political campaign reports a large surplus four days after stiffing its workers (I and dozens of other campaign workers are owed back pay, several of us in the $300+ range). Solutions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Best sources for information on the primary election in Chicago?

Best sources for information on the primary election in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Oct 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Where do the insiders go?

What are the best "inside baseball" political blogs covering the upcoming New York City elections? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Sep 3, 2009 - 0 answers

Help Finding an Election Day Piece

This is a shot in the dark, but maybe you well-read, politically minded people can help: I am trying to track down a short commentary I remember reading around election day 2008. It was written in a French newspaper, I believe, and it was a short piece, but the basic gist was: "Today we are one with america. that may change later, but today we're one" re: the Obama win. I feel like I saw it linked in Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, but couldn't find it in the archives. I was voraciously reading so many sites at the time that I have no idea where it actually was. It was just a beautiful piece and I would like to read it again and keep it around. If it rings a bell with someone, that would be great!
posted by knmr76 on Jun 3, 2009 - 2 answers

Where are the amazing posters releases just before Election Day?

Sometime during the summer of 2008, a website popped up with maybe 10 or 12 political, printable posters. Does anyone still have the link? [more inside]
posted by joshmcconaha on May 11, 2009 - 7 answers

So, now that I've spent 30 minutes talking to you, will you vote for my guy?

For the politicos out there: how effective is phone banking / canvassing, statistically speaking? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Apr 22, 2009 - 8 answers

There better not be an obvious google query for this.

I'm too ignorant to properly evaluate a historical claim that I just read. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 28, 2009 - 34 answers

Why is it "Great news! For John McCain" ?

What's the origin of "[Some really bad event for McCain is] Great news! For John McCain!" ? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Jan 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Who gave the best McCain endorsement speech?

Who gave the most powerful, most persuasive, and most memorable endorsement of John McCain in this election? [more inside]
posted by josh on Dec 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Preparing for 2010

I need to build a database or buy a software solution to help manage electoral work with the 30,000 individuals I represent. I need to be able to map members to their electoral districts and check against voter registration roles, but I have no idea where to start. Help? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Nov 17, 2008 - 5 answers

I scream, you scream, we all scream for a grassroots campaign strategy!

I gather from Howard Dean's announcement today that he and the Obama People don't get along. I'm curious though how much Obama's win and the Congressional turnover are due to Dean's strategies and policies as head of the DNC. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 10, 2008 - 21 answers

2008 election stats, stat!

I'm googling without success for 2008 US National election results broken down by race, gender, education, income. etc. Any ideas?
posted by wsg on Nov 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Was JFK that generation's BHO?

Was the reaction to John Kennedy being elected anything like the current world-wide wave of joy and relief to the election of Obama?
posted by LastOfHisKind on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Why were the plexiglass walls on stage at Grant Park?

Can anyone tell me about the giant (plexi?)glass walls that were on stage during Obama's rally in Grant Park? [more inside]
posted by kaudio on Nov 6, 2008 - 23 answers

Don't Stop Believin

How common has it been in US history for a Presidential election to prompt celebrations in the streets across the country? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Nov 6, 2008 - 8 answers

America, love it or leave it (but where to go?)

I'm a liberal in a red state (Texas). After the 2000 and 2004 elections many people I know told me that if I didn't like the President I should move to Canada.

If Liberals go to Canada when a Republican wins, where would the conservatives go now? They wouldn't like Canada at all (no offense my Canadian friends). Conservatives wouldn't go to a country that has nationalized health care, progressive taxes or abortions. Any thoughts on what countries Conservatives would like?
posted by DragonBoy on Nov 6, 2008 - 50 answers

Capturing the mOment

I'm looking for news stories, blog posts, photos, video clips, mash-ups or anything else that captures the impact and emotion of Barack Obama's victory, especially on a personal level. [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 5, 2008 - 15 answers

US political map by party and population?

Where is that particular political map of America that shows a county by county breakdown of party and population via 3D extrusion? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Mccain soundtrack

What was the music that McCain had playing as he walked off the stage after his concession speech on Tuesday night? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Nov 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Is Obama the world's first minority Chief Executive?

(I think) I read somewhere recently that if Obama won, he'd be the first elected chief executive (President, PM, etc.) from a racial minority. Is that true? [more inside]
posted by brandman on Nov 5, 2008 - 32 answers

Politics obsessed. Just not obsessed enough to turn down free tickets.

How can I stay up to date on the latest election results while I'm away from my TV this evening? [more inside]
posted by nokry56 on Nov 4, 2008 - 1 answer

2.0 election stuff that really helps people, not just impresses them

Examples of good web/election widgets to show to librarians this upcoming week? I'll be speaking at a conference this week talking about, among other things, Web 2.0 stuff. I'm looking for some good topical examples to briefly highlight. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Nov 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Why was I not allowed to vote my choice?

I thought it was more a less a given right to write in a candidate. I have before. The sample ballot indicated that one could do so. After standing in line 2 hours I see that, nope, I have to vote for whoever is printed on the ticket. everything else, from senator to dog catcher had write-in options. The poll workers, a young and friendly lot, were clueless, God bless em. So, when voting in a presidential election, must one vote for the names printed on the ballot, or not participate at all? I realize a write in vote is a 'throwaway', that's not the question. I am not from SC, but had to vote there this year if that matters which it shouldn't.
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2008 - 8 answers

american abroad

Where can I go tonight to watch US election returns in Lyon, France? [more inside]
posted by waltzing astronomers on Nov 4, 2008 - 1 answer

Redskins Lose, Obama wins...

There are a number of goofy "predictors" of U.S. Presidential elections, such as: when the Redskins lose their last home game prior to the election, the incumbent party loses the White House. Does the HiveMind know of any similar off-beat predictors? [more inside]
posted by mikewas on Nov 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Election parties in Paris?

I don't have the 50€ to attend the gala Election party in Paris; what are my options? [more inside]
posted by LMGM on Nov 4, 2008 - 2 answers

Provisional Ballot or No?

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]
posted by empyrean on Nov 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Election results via phone?

How can I follow election results on my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by Amanda B on Nov 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Security procedures for new Oval Office incumbent?

White House changeover security: who's responsible, and what do they do? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Nov 3, 2008 - 9 answers

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