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 -
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 -
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 -
“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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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]
posted by csimpkins
on Nov 6, 2006 -
In Wisconsin, you don't have to declare a party in order to vote in the primary, which has me wondering, since George W. Bush is a lock on the republican side, why don't republicans vote in the democratic party for the person they think is the least likely to win?
posted by drezdn
on Feb 17, 2004 -
Girl came to my door asking if I wanted to vote in the caucus or whatever for Howard Dean. I said no because I am one ignorant American when it comes to the election. Would someone explain caucuses, the party system, how the president gets elected, the electoral college and everything?
posted by banished
on Jan 29, 2004 -