My father always said, "In America, we don't vote on civil rights." I've heard this repeated by others and I vaguely know that it's true. Recently, civil rights were afforded to same-gender couples because of the actions of the Supreme Court. What are other examples of civil rights victories that weren't a product of public voting or the will of the majority? [more inside]
Please help my little union find an online platform for decision-making. We would like a secure way to dis/approve proposals and vote yearly for officers. Anonymous voting with a unique identifier is required. Bonus points for discussion capabilities and ease of use. [more inside]
I was told (in an argument about feminism, of all darned things) that in order to be eligible to vote in the USA a (male) citizen is required to register to be drafted into the military. Is this true at all? [more inside]
I am a registered voter in Oregon and no longer wish to be, how can I delete my name off the rolls?
Mathematically, in a 6-way race with 5 winners, should I vote for the 2 candidates I like, or all 5 who I don't hate? Details inside. [more inside]
I'm teaching a class, and I am requiring my students to give a presentation on a topic. I'll have a set of topics drafted, and I want to avoid presentations on the same topic. My thinking is to ask each student to rank their preferences and then try to give each student their highest-ranked topic. Is there an online tool that helps me do this? The SurveyMonkey type polling websites and google docs allow me to collect ranked choices, but they don't help me match up the highest-ranked choice of all my respondents. Make sense? In the end I'd like to be able to say "Some people chose the same topic, so they got their next-highest topic where possible." Thanks in advance for any ideas!
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]
I'll be leaving the country in early May and won't return before early August, but I'd like to vote in California's June 3rd primary election. How can I do it? [more inside]
I'm an American who has lived in Groningen for over 5 years. I am voting in the municipal elections this Wednesday, but I have no idea what to expect when I go to the voting location. My Dutch is not that great. If someone could fill me in on what I should expect when I go to vote, that would be great!
I am a U.S. citizen living in Germany. I intend to stay in Germany forever, and I will probably retain my U.S. citizenship forever (very difficult to have dual citizenship in Germany). Am I eligible to vote in state elections, particularly U.S. senators and congresspersons? I'm from California, but no longer own any property there or have an address there.
You've got an audience of 350 people. They've just heard two poems recited on stage. You want to know which one they like best. How do you do it? [more inside]
I moved from Fairfax County (VA) to Arlington County (VA) and I've been dragging my feet with updating my voter registration card. Just now, I updated it online but it seems that it will be too late to process. My DMV license is updated to reflect my new residence in Arlington. Can I vote here in Arlington for the 2013 VA Gubernatorial Race? What are my options?
I'm working on a personal project mapping political signage across two small towns in Massachusetts. I'd like to compare my personally gathered data with voter records over at least the last few years. Is there any chance that this data is publicly available? Seeing as the project is quite local, I'd like to get data on the scale of households. [more inside]
It seems to me that there are two different things you can accomplish with gerrymandering that are not mutually compatible: 1) make "your" districts safer by concentrating your side's voters in them, or 2) win more districts by inducing relatively narrow victories in as many districts as you can. But the references to gerrymandering in the US House of Representatives seem to imply both things are happening. Which is it? [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]
I was debating this with some friends earlier. Sites like digg (the old digg) and reddit used a user voting system to determine the popularity of the article or post. What was the first site to do this?
Per this blurb, there was serious gerrymandering in six Republican states vs. one Democratic state. Does the GOP benefit more from this practice because they engage in it more often? Or more effective when they engage in it? Are there some underlying institutional factors that tilt in their favor?
Election day panic! My driver's license address points me to one precinct in Broward County, FL. The address where I am actually registered to vote is at another precinct in the same county. Where do I go? If I go to where I'm registered and my license is at an address in a different city, will they turn me away? On hold with my county's Supervisor of Elections for 15:06 at this point.
I'm voting absentee (first time). I sent the ballot last Monday and it left Oslo last Wednesday. According to my district website, it hasn't been received. If it's not in by say 5 pm their time (11 pm mine), do I fax my ballot using one the services listed here on lifehacker? Do I need to call or email someone first to let them know what I'm doing?
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.
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]
Absentee voting for US elections - what is this 'tax liability' business? State is Massachusetts. [more inside]
My state, like many, has referendum on our ballot requesting permission to borrow money. Where does the money come from? [more inside]
(US election filter) Is it unlawful for me to post some homemade additional "vote here" signs to make my polling place easier to find? [more inside]
What are the ramifications of putting one's voting franchise up for a vote? [more inside]
How can I find a specific politician's voting record online, going back 50 years or so? [more inside]
I was registered to vote in Weld county in 2008. Earlier this month I moved a few miles away to a town that happens to be in Weld county (Firestone, Co to Frederick, Co). Can I still vote in the 2012 election? Do I need to change any information before I vote?
Voter registration in NYC. My husband and I just moved from lower Manhattan to the UES. Do we need to submit new voter registration forms? Or, can we just go to the local polling place.
What is the Republican justification for trying to end early voting days? [more inside]
Should I vote in the upcoming presidential election? If so, for who? [more inside]
Is there an updated list of all the new Voter ID laws in various states in America? [more inside]
Trying to solve a voting problem on a collaborative website. Say you were running an awards website and you wanted your judges to vote first on nominees, then on the winners. The system would go like this ... [more inside]
In a meeting, not an election, how many times can an absentee ballot be used on the same issue? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a reference to a story I heard of, possibly here but maybe not. It was about a society of pigeon owners that had a voting scheme that worked along the lines of PageRank, where the value of your vote was based on the number of other members voting for you, calculated recursively. It was an old system, possibly around the French Revolution. My Google-Fu is completely failing me. Does any of this ring any bells?
Looking for an efficient, respectful and fair process for a group of 10-15 people to reach a consesus. Some of the desired results: everyone would be heard respectfully (talking stick?) and cast a vote, a maximum amount of people would end up aligned with the choice, minimized influence of power games and hidden agendas, speedy (1-2 minutes per participant, including voting, so w/ 10 participants, a solid decision could be made in 10-15, max 20 minutes) Have you experienced an effective process supporting the above? What does it look like, step by step? Is there a resource where I can look up practical approaches to community-based choice-making?
What is the best way to handle online voting by the governing board of an organization? I am the secretary for an organization whose board traditionally only met once per year, in person, using Robert's Rules of Order for running meetings. Are there any simple procedures or services for translating this type of a process online? Robert's does not seem to have entered the 21st century yet, but there is a desire among our board members to do so.
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]
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]
“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?
So the UK will be asked to decide soon whether to keep the "first past the post" voting system for electing MPs, or to adopt the AV (alternative voting) model. What I want to know is why "first past the post" is called "first past the post". What post is the winning candidate first past? [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]
What's so funny about peace, love, and the 17th Amendment? [more inside]
Is it fair to win a contest’s grand prize by exploiting an obscure loophole and cut-throat competition?
Is it fair to win a contest’s grand prize by exploiting an obscure loophole and cut-throat competition? [more inside]
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?
I thought instant runoff/ranked choice voting was cool. But now I'm not sure... [more inside]
2010 Philadelphia voting guide besides the Inquirer's? Bonus points if you live in Philly and have personal voting suggestions & supportive reasoning. [more inside]
What steps would be necessary, for an Australian superannuation fund to enable its members to exercise the voting rights associated with the shares held on behalf of those members, such as to attend annual general meetings and vote on shareholder resolutions? [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?
Do I Vote? [more inside]