I'm a new UK citizen, and I'd like to stay informed so that I can vote wisely (not just this week but in all elections to come.) Unfortunately, a lot of political coverage seems to focus on "Will talking about this policy help the party win?" while I'm more interested in "Will implementing this policy be good for the country?" So, what podcasts, Twitter feeds, or other resources tend to offer thoughtful, in-depth analysis of different party's positions on various issues? (I'm a big fan of the BBC's "Analysis" podcast, to give an idea of what I'm looking for.") [more inside]
Calling political science people: I want to read solid, evidence-based work that tries to explain why voters are voting less and less in Western democracies over the last few decades. Which writers and what works do you recommend? [more inside]
After last month's manifestations in Brazil, we're talking a lot about the future of democracy. Direct digital representation, continuous public opinion feedback loops, Big Brother-like continuous surveillance of elected officials, this sort of thing.
So I want to know, is this actually being tried anywhere? What is the world's most technologically advanced democracy? It doesn't matter if it's a nation-state, a city or just an institution — How is it working? How did you guys pull it off? Are there any books on this sort of thing?
Where can I download a shapefile of UK House of Commons constituency boundaries in effect for the 2010 elections?
Are there any City Council members out there? What is it like to run for office and to serve as a councilperson in your town (bonus points if it's a city of 50-100K population)? [more inside]
What are some examples of new, interesting, funny, and/or powerful ways in which social media have been used during the current 2012 U.S. election season? What's caught your eye? Who's doing it right, who's doing it very wrong, where are the notable gaps? [more inside]
Help me find a free fantasy draft website or app for user-defined lists of people or things (i.e., not sports leagues). [more inside]
Absentee voting for US elections - what is this 'tax liability' business? State is Massachusetts. [more inside]
I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power.
I don't want to devote my life or income to this and i'm only doing it because i think i ought to=i am lazy. Comments? Suggestions? Need to know? Sarcasm? Thanks^_^ [more inside]
In certain US states political candidates at the local and state level have to spend all of the funding they get for a certain campaign before the November election. In others, they get to keep that pool of cash for future elections. This is what I've heard anyway. But I can't find any kind of definitive list of which state has which law. Does such a list exist in an easily accessible place? How do I find out more about individual state's campaign finance laws without wading through endless Secretary of State documents? And as an aside--does this come up often? Do campaigns ever really bother to hold onto money if they are ahead or do they usually spend the dollars on the current campaign anyway?
Do presidential/prime minister candidates in countries other than the United States release tax returns? [more inside]
Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
Going door-to-door to petition for a fresh young candidate -- me. What are some tips and advice to make the best impression on voters? [more inside]
How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
Why would a poll paid for by a congressional primary campaign include so much complimentary information about the opposing candidates? [more inside]
Where can I find an independent analysis comparing likely effects and shortcomings of the various campaign finance reform proposals that have been made in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling? [more inside]
Congresspeople and candidates call me. What should I ask them? What should I tell them? [more inside]
Are there any countries that have mandatory waiting periods between elected office stints? [more inside]
How does the Citizens United ruling
"roll back 100 years of law"? As far as I can tell, it only allows corporations (= companies and unions) to do in the 30 or 60 day run-up period before an election what they've always been able to do before those cutoff dates.
It's that time again: Bloomberg and other candidates are starting to cram trees in my mailbox. Where and how can I opt-out of paper campaign mailings for NYC? [more inside]
What sort of lawyer or accounting firm would be best to advise a large NGO who is re-evaluating the way board members are elected? [more inside]
I registered to vote in California at the DMV when I renewed my driver's license in July. Now, the county clerk's office is saying that they don't have a record of my registration. Is there anything I can do?
I've had a change of heart about a vote I made on my mail-in (Seattle) ballot. The ballot has not been mailed but it's been sealed in the security envelope and the outer mailer. Is there any way to legally modify my ballot without invalidating it? If not, can I easily get a new ballot?
In many advanced democracies around the world these days, coalition governments are in place (Japan, England and Australia just to name a few). Is it 'technically' possible in the US - given the rise of 'third party' candidates (or 'fourth' 'fifth' whatever ...) - for Congress to operate in that fashion? Positions like 'House Majority/Minority Leader' and suchlike seem to be predicated on the existence of two opposing blocks. Could either the House or Senate operate if there were (say) three large parties dividing up the seats, instead of two?
Electionfilter: give him a reason to vote! [more inside]
Are there any democracies which consistently vote for centre-left or progressive governments? Are there any which consistently favour right-wing governments? Plus a bonus question. [more inside]
What's the awesomest online coverage of an election you've ever seen? [more inside]
I am the secretary of a minor political party in Oregon. We need to do secure remote internet voting of about 55,000 members for elections by district. I have a voter file which is basically a flat file with voter information plus information about the legislative districts plus a unique ID.
Our idea is to send each member a card with the unique ID that, once a person logs in, will enable them to vote in all races associated with the districts they live in. Can anyone recommend a good system?
What are the requirements to set up a political party in Australia to run in the next election? I'm presuming we would need to get 10^n signatures, and pay a fee, but does anyone know the specifics? [more inside]
Is there a legal requirement for an organisation in the UK to release data from opinion polls they have conducted? [more inside]
How (in the US), when voting in government elections, do we know that our secret ballots do, indeed, remain secret? [more inside]
How do I run for U.S. House of Representatives in New York State as a Third Party Candidate? Also, is too late to run in 2010? I was planning on running in 2012, but there's a bit of an opening in 2010 so if I could still do that, I would like to.
Also, I want to know how to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, I could care less about actually getting elected for the job.
What paperwork do I fill out, how do I get my name on a Diebold machine, etc..?
Oh, and money really isn't a concern, so forget about the fund raising portion.
Is there any mechanism whereby a state political party can remove the certified winner of a primary election from their ticket? [more inside]
What movie scenes would you show a middle school class to teach them the nature/importance of democracy?
My client is late paying me. Plus, I am concerned about how they are (or are not) using the products and services I am providing. Should I stop providing those products and services and send a late notice, or somehow give them the benefit of the doubt for a while longer? I want this client to succeed at their endeavor, but I don't want to be taken advantage of either, whether intentionally or not. [more inside]
I'd like a laymen's answers to how the european elections work in the UK and how the outcome effects British life on a daily basis.
ThrowTheBumsOutFilter: What would be the foreseeable political, economic, and/or social consequences of EVERY incumbent congressional candidate losing his/her seat in 2010? [more inside]
Help me come up with a funny campaign ad targeted to high schoolers to clinch the Student Body President election. [more inside]
"Is the hope for profound change misdirected in a country where almost 50% of the population voted for the incumbent party?" (Historical perspectives on this question, please) [more inside]
Is the world watching the United States 2008 presidential elections? Who are they routing for? [more inside]
Reasons the United States does not vote by mail
in elections? [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]
I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
Late last year, I convinced a friend to run for public office in my hometown. He did! How can I help make sure he has a bright political future? [more inside]
Why does a political candidate's lead in opinion polls tend to shrink as the election approaches? [more inside]
Are there any good, preferably open source flash maps available for mapping election data on the national level (with data for each state)? [more inside]
Now that the primary season is over and major party nominees have been determined for the upcoming U.S. presidential and congressional elections, please help me find unbiased, non-partisan, impartial news and commentary outlets to follow the campaigns. [more inside]
I'd like to travel to the US in october and november. Where can I best experience election day? [more inside]
I have recently read Chomsky's "Hegemony or Survival"; in it, he sights this article
, which investigates voter apathy in the 2000 elections, and the surprising figures about how little surveyed voters knew about candidates' policies. The information for this article comes from the Vanishing Voter Project, which no longer exists. Is there any site where I can find out about these sort of subjects in the 2008 elections?
How can I donate more money to Barack Obama? [more inside]