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.
posted by dmvs
on Feb 10, 2014 -
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]
posted by Hobbacocka
on Jan 23, 2014 -
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?
posted by driedmango
on Oct 29, 2013 -
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]
posted by taromsn
on Oct 21, 2013 -
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]
posted by dfan
on Oct 20, 2013 -
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 -
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?
posted by dep
on Sep 5, 2013 -
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?
posted by dragonfruit
on Jul 2, 2013 -
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.
posted by tatiana wishbone
on Nov 6, 2012 -
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?
posted by Busoni
on Nov 6, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
My state, like many, has referendum on our ballot requesting permission to borrow money. Where does the money come from? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek
on Oct 28, 2012 -
(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]
posted by werkzeuger
on Oct 25, 2012 -
How can I find a specific politician's voting record online, going back 50 years or so? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK
on Oct 22, 2012 -
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?
posted by snow_mac
on Oct 17, 2012 -
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.
posted by jenmcee
on Oct 16, 2012 -
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 -
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]
posted by grabbingsand
on Jun 27, 2012 -
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 -
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?
posted by scalefree
on Jul 26, 2011 -
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?
posted by andreinla
on Jul 21, 2011 -
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.
posted by mortaddams
on Jun 24, 2011 -
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]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 9, 2011 -
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 -
“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 -
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]
posted by finding.perdita
on Mar 2, 2011 -
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 -
Is it fair to win a contest’s grand prize by exploiting an obscure loophole and cut-throat competition? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco
on Nov 26, 2010 -
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?
posted by jihaan
on Nov 4, 2010 -
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 -
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]
posted by compound eye
on Oct 29, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
UK Voting Question. I want to vote for Nick Clegg but I despise the local Lib Dem MP. How can I vote for one and not the other? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane
on Apr 30, 2010 -
I need a reliable online voting system, one which can authenticate unique users by email address, avoiding any gaming by IP switching, and still operate via secret ballot. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Apr 22, 2010 -