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Seat swapping: a solution to vote splitting in Canadian politics?

The Canadian Conservative Party is currently at 30.2% in nationwide polls but, due to factors such as vote splitting and regionalized support, is currently projected to form a minority government with 131 out of 308 seats in Parliament. That's undemocratic. Idea: what if opposition parties agreed not to run candidates in specific ridings so as to create two party races (Conservative-Liberal in some ridings, Conservative-NDP in others). Would that be lawful? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on Jun 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I vote for Mom with Dementia?

My mom has dementia. For the last 5-6 years, I've helped her fill in her mail-in ballot. We've talked about her choices (to the best of her ability). This is the first election where I feel that she can't participate in choosing who to vote for. I've brought it up with her, but she isn't engaging at all. However, I know how she would want to vote. Voting in every election since she became old enough has been a tremendous point of pride for her. She's always been an engaged and active participant: walking precincts, helping with mailings, going to candidate forums (until the dementia really took hold). Part of me feels like I would be honoring the person she was by casting this ballot (probably the last one), but part of me feels that by casting her ballot without any participation from her, I'm committing fraud. What say you, wise Mefites?
posted by agatha_magatha on Nov 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Who has stood alone to say no?

On a recent trip to South Africa, I was fascinated to learn about Helen Suzman, "the sole parliamentarian unequivocally opposed to apartheid for thirteen years from 1961 to 1974." It reminded me of Barbara Lee's solo "no" vote on the post-9/11 war powers authorization in the U.S., and I'm now curious: What other examples are there of legislators or similar figures who have taken a deeply unpopular stand and (I know this may be contentious) been borne out by history?
posted by psoas on Oct 23, 2013 - 19 answers

Choose the new face of Mount Rushmore (why?)

Who or what is behind Rushmorevote.com? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Mar 11, 2013 - 8 answers

What are example of no confidence votes by college students?

What are examples of college students holding a vote of no confidence for their college president? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Charitable groups that fight voter suppression?

Help me give my Obama winnings to a good charity. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Nov 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Candidate positions, distilled?

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.
posted by killdevil on Nov 5, 2012 - 13 answers

How anonymous is my vote?

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me vote in New York City

[NYS Voting filter] I am registered in Westchester County. I will be stuck in New York City on Election Day. Can I vote? [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Nov 3, 2012 - 12 answers

What does it take to vote in the November election?

Is there an updated list of all the new Voter ID laws in various states in America? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jul 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me help pass a bill from afar!

Woah! A state senate bill, coming up for a vote next week in a state other than mine, would set a unique precedent that's extremely important for my family. Tell me everything I can do to help this bill from afar. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Robert's Rules of Order vote of 2 items

Following Robert's Rules of Order, what would be the proper procedure for voting between two different actions? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Voting early, but how often?

In a meeting, not an election, how many times can an absentee ballot be used on the same issue? [more inside]
posted by donpardo on Apr 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Alabama primary: Gingrich or Santorum?

To help Obama win, do I vote for Santorum or Gingrich? I'm an anarchist/socialist living in Alabama, where crossover voting is permitted. I'm looking for sound logic and effective strategy. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 on Mar 12, 2012 - 27 answers

how to support a candidate

What are some good ways I can support a candidate? [more inside]
posted by udon on Feb 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Italy...and math?

What just happened in Italy's Parliament? How do you win a vote but not get a majority? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Nov 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Suffrage and the American Emigrant: Confusion Abroad.

I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Am I permitted to register with the UK electoral roll if I am not yet a British citizen? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Mar 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Can you identify a supreme court case based on the majority makeup?

What was the one Supreme Court case from 1994 to 1997 that had Rehnquist, Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer in the majority? It was also the only one from that time period, I believe, that didn't have O'Connor or Kennedy in the majority. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Mar 29, 2011 - 10 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

No law saves the Queen?

Is there a mechanism enshrined in law by which the British monarchy could be removed by a popular vote?
posted by vapidave on Feb 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Best way to create a photo poll on Wordpress?

What's the easiest way to create a post/poll on a Wordpress.com hosted blog that will allow site visitors to vote on their favorite from ~15 photos? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Time to Vote

2010 Philadelphia voting guide besides the Inquirer's? Bonus points if you live in Philly and have personal voting suggestions & supportive reasoning. [more inside]
posted by furious on Oct 30, 2010 - 3 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

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

Program to vote on wedding music?

Need a program to help me let people vote on wedding music. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Aug 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Looking for voting software for a contest

I'm looking for online voting software with a few specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 18, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I get opinions quickly on Facebook ?

Dear Hive Mind what is the best Polling / Voting Application on Facebook ? I need a solution to save time in gathering opinions as I'm currently drowning under the volume of emails going backwards and forwards. [more inside]
posted by doogyrev on Feb 26, 2010 - 2 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 create an online poll which users can permanently add to?

How can I create an online HTML form poll, preferably for free, wherein the list of multiple choices can grow when users decide to add to the list of choices? [more inside]
posted by kmccormi on Jun 4, 2009 - 2 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

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

Looking for bars near Grant Park

Chicago-Obama-Filter: Can you recommend a bar with good TV viewing of the election coverage near Grant Park? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Nov 2, 2008 - 12 answers

Me vote pretty some day.

How do I (quickly) educate myself on the props and candidate choices I will be faced with on my ballot next week? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Oct 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Vote Early and Often

What's the scoop on early voting in New York? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Oct 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Can I check if I'm still registered to vote or do I need to register again?

So I registered to vote in MA in 2004 but I've moved a few times since then. Can I check if I'm still registered or do I need to register again? [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Oct 15, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me make sure my vote counts!

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]
posted by cac on Oct 9, 2008 - 6 answers

What can I do to win the election for my candidate?

To the undecideds, or those who believe they can put themselves in the undecided's shoes: What might persuade you towards a particular candidate, particularly in the form of anything a volunteer might be able to do? Would someone coming to your door help, or hurt? Phone calls? Voter registration campaigns, or offers of rides to the polls? Signs in yards and clever bumper stickers? Blog posts? Emailing everyone I know with video clips and transcripts? What can be done to positively affect your decision in the presidential election? In short, how might I, as a volunteer, most effectively turn you into decided for my candidate. [more inside]
posted by davebug on Sep 26, 2008 - 20 answers

Absent but not gone.

Question from Ms. Magnakai: What should I do about absentee ballots and registering to vote from an american in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Sep 14, 2008 - 4 answers

What can I do about touch screen voting?

What can I do to help in regards to touch screen voting machines in my community? [more inside]
posted by niles on Sep 9, 2008 - 8 answers

US citizen voting from Australia?

How do Americans vote when they are overseas? I live in Australia and my husband works with a young guy who is a US citizen. He'd like to vote in the upcoming election, but has never voted before and has no idea how to do an absentee vote from overseas. Where do we look to find this info, and has anyone had problems doing this before? Do you need to sort it out ahead of time?
posted by harriet vane on Sep 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Obama/Palin or McCain/Biden

Is Obama/Palin (or for that matter McCain/Biden) possible? [more inside]
posted by birdsquared on Sep 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Voting from abroad

I have U.S. citizenship but have never resided in the states. My mother was from Illinois. Is it possible for me to vote in the presidential election? [more inside]
posted by glip on May 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Congressional Voting Records

Can I get Congressional Voting Records in an easily parsed format? [more inside]
posted by SAC on Apr 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Can my girlfirend vote today?

If someone is registered as an independent can they vote in this primary? [more inside]
posted by zackola on Feb 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Should I continue as an election judge?

How much civic duty is enough? Should I keep going as an election judge? [more inside]
posted by Fferret on Nov 8, 2007 - 18 answers

Help us regiter thousands of voters!

I would like to do a major service project with my Chicago middle school students where we register voters in their (and our school) neighborhood. What ideas might you genius mefites have for us? What organizations should we work with? How can we maximize our efforts through creative events/ideas? Any ideas? Any? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Aug 6, 2007 - 7 answers

How does one unregister to vote?

How does one unregister to vote? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind on May 29, 2007 - 20 answers

How to optimize desk assignments?

In the office we’ll be moving to soon, we’ll have about 50 desks, and almost that many workers to be assigned to them. How can we optimize who’s assigned to each desk so that as many workers as possible are as pleased as possible with their desk assignment? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Feb 21, 2007 - 19 answers

It's that time of year!

Looking for good, free, flexible programs that I can use to simulate single transferable vote elections.
posted by By The Grace of God on Jan 9, 2007 - 2 answers

Can you use a phone while voting?

Can you use a phone (to get assistance from a friend, for example) while voting? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas on Nov 7, 2006 - 7 answers

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