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oh, just interested in history I guess

What books would you recommend on the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of the Nazis? I am not interested in WWII itself. Bonus points if it covers the rise of similar demagogues in other countries at the time.
posted by benzenedream on Nov 17, 2016 - 17 answers

Primary donations missing from FEC lookup

In January of this year, I made a small donation to a candidate in the presidential primary, through the candidate's website, and received an email confirmation via ActBlue. This page from the FEC leads me to believe that presidential campaigns must report either monthly or quarterly. The FEC individual transaction search page says that it may take an additional 30 days after the end of the reporting period for data entry to be performed. Nonetheless, it's now been more than 10 full months since my donation. Why doesn't it show up in the FEC's search?
posted by enn on Oct 26, 2016 - 2 answers

Help me vote in obscure elections!

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.
posted by Small Dollar on Aug 12, 2016 - 7 answers

What is the process for deciding timing of who goes first: RNC or DNC?

I'd be interested to learn more about it. Do they switch up every four years so one time the Republican National Convention goes first and then next time they go second? And then the Democrats swap back? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jul 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Texas Presidential Vote: Do Our Non-Trump Votes Matter?

According to some, Texans who vote for a 3rd-party (aka "not Hillary") candidate are throwing away their vote, their one chance to move Texas toward purple in a presidential election. However... [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Jul 18, 2016 - 20 answers

NPR Election Party Analogue for 2015 UK Elections

Is there an equivalent to NPR's Election Party that I could keep an eye on while the UK returns cone in tonight? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on May 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Watching the UK 2015 General Election returns live in Los Angeles?

I was just wondering if the MeFi Hive Mind might know of good places in Los Angeles to watch the live election returns for the British General Election (May 7, and running into the small hours) ? Preferably a British pub.... Thanks!
posted by zresearch on Apr 30, 2015 - 1 answer

Single Candidate Elections and Write-In Candidates

Just voted. Confused about so many slots only showing one candidate, along with a "write-in" blank line candidate. [more inside]
posted by rada on Nov 4, 2014 - 9 answers

How can I be a well-informed UK voter?

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]
posted by yankeefog on May 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Research on the decline of voter engagement and participation

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]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Oct 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Where's the cutting edge of democracy?

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?
posted by Tom-B on Jul 3, 2013 - 23 answers

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Where can I download a shapefile of UK House of Commons constituency boundaries in effect for the 2010 elections?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Dec 13, 2012 - 2 answers

What's it like to serve on a City Council?

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2012 - 4 answers


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]
posted by Superplin on Nov 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Free non-sports fantasy draft website?

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]
posted by jalexc on Nov 2, 2012 - 1 answer

I just want to vote for the president

Absentee voting for US elections - what is this 'tax liability' business? State is Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Nov 1, 2012 - 13 answers

I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power.

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]
posted by maiamaia on Oct 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Which states let campaigns keep donations and which make them spend them dollars?

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?
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Do candidates outside the US release tax returns?

Do presidential/prime minister candidates in countries other than the United States release tax returns? [more inside]
posted by dsfan on Aug 18, 2012 - 15 answers

If Romney wins, can he kill PPACA?

Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jun 29, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I make a good first impression on voters?

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]
posted by miniminimarket on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Who's running the show?

How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on May 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Why would a candidate's poll be complimentary to her opponents?

Why would a poll paid for by a congressional primary campaign include so much complimentary information about the opposing candidates? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Apr 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Analysis of the various post-CitizensUnited campaign finance reform proposals?

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]
posted by ahaynes on Feb 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Congressperson on the phone. How best to use that opportunty?

Congresspeople and candidates call me. What should I ask them? What should I tell them? [more inside]
posted by grumdrig on Nov 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Alternatives to term limits

Are there any countries that have mandatory waiting periods between elected office stints? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Citizens United and 100 Years of Law?

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.
posted by luke1249 on Oct 5, 2011 - 32 answers

Where and how can I opt-out of paper campaign mailings for NYC?

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]
posted by D.Billy on Mar 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Advise on changing BoD election procedures

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]
posted by kimdog on Dec 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me vote!

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?
posted by clcapps on Oct 28, 2010 - 8 answers

No confidence in my vote

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?
posted by rouftop on Oct 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Is coalition government possible in the US system?

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?
posted by woodblock100 on Oct 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Electionfilter: give him a reason to vote!

Electionfilter: give him a reason to vote! [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Sep 30, 2010 - 20 answers

Why so centrist?

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]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 2, 2010 - 18 answers

How to cover an election?

What's the awesomest online coverage of an election you've ever seen? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jun 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Can anyone recommend a good vendor for secure internet voting?

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?
posted by salp on May 29, 2010 - 5 answers

How to set up a political party in Australia?

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]
posted by tomargue on May 14, 2010 - 23 answers

Legally required to release polling data?

Is there a legal requirement for an organisation in the UK to release data from opinion polls they have conducted? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Apr 22, 2010 - 3 answers

How a secret ballots kept secret?

How (in the US), when voting in government elections, do we know that our secret ballots do, indeed, remain secret? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Apr 19, 2010 - 26 answers

How do I run for US House in New York State as a TPC?

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.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Mar 6, 2010 - 11 answers

"Oh no! Aliens, bioduplication, nude conspiracies. Oh my God, Lyndon LaRouche was right!"

Is there any mechanism whereby a state political party can remove the certified winner of a primary election from their ticket? [more inside]
posted by Bromius on Mar 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Movie scenes about democracy.

What movie scenes would you show a middle school class to teach them the nature/importance of democracy?
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion on Nov 30, 2009 - 19 answers

Volunteer or Paid Political Consulting?

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]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 - 13 answers

2009 European Elections

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.
posted by nam3d on May 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Throw [Every Last One Of] The Bums Out!

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]
posted by Rykey on Apr 29, 2009 - 29 answers

How to win HS election swing vote with school news advertisement?

Help me come up with a funny campaign ad targeted to high schoolers to clinch the Student Body President election. [more inside]
posted by seandq on Apr 16, 2009 - 17 answers

"Yes we/they/you can/should/did!" (How has profound democratic change come about in the past?)

"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]
posted by omnigut on Nov 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Is the world watching the US elections?

Is the world watching the United States 2008 presidential elections? Who are they routing for? [more inside]
posted by nikkorizz on Nov 4, 2008 - 39 answers

Vote by mail?

Reasons the United States does not vote by mail in elections? [more inside]
posted by jca on Nov 4, 2008 - 32 answers

If you're not a swing state, why not create a swing district?

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]
posted by Dec One on Nov 3, 2008 - 35 answers

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