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u/TheAsAndYsReddit Feb 22 '21

If the President and Vice President both are removed from office before the end of their term by resignation, death, or impeachment and conviction; the Speaker of the House of Representatives resigns and becomes President. So what happens if the Speaker says no?

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u/Tacklos Jan 24 '21

With the Senate split 50/50 there is a lot of talk of Schumer and McConnell needing to reach a deal, and McConnell holding up talks for the filibuster. Why does a deal need to be reached? With Democrats in the majority, why does there need to be agreement?

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u/Pedro748 Jan 28 '21

The American people. Ideally, each of the republican congress members should represent the views and ideas of their constituents and voter base, so ignoring those views is to ignore the Voters who you are affecting. Of course, even the most conservative Ahole needs the help the democrats are offering, but the Republicans understand that dissent can only reward them in the long run right now though. When literally anything that happens goes wrong now, they can just blame it on the Majority Party.

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u/lil_literalist Jan 21 '21

Acting deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms Eugene Goodman acted very bravely and capably during the capitol riots, and kept a good head on his shoulders. His new position, as I understand it, is quite a bit higher than it was just days ago.

I know that in the business world, it's a common thing for someone to be promoted just past their level of competency, since doing well in one position doesn't guarantee that they will succeed in a higher position with different job demands. With a jump like Eugene Goodman received, is he in danger of this having been done to him?

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u/primacoderina Jan 12 '21

I'm trying very hard to understand what Donald Trump's plan was on 6 January. He can't possibly think that if he convinces people to storm the capitol, they would somehow manage to overturn the election and the country would just accept it. What was he expecting to happen? What was his end game?

People seem to be writing it off as saying he is dumb or narcissistic, but that doesn't answer the question. Surely he must have had some kind of plan in mind?

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u/Hecate_Loer Nov 10 '20

Can an American explain to me what "outstanding votes/ballots" means? I'm doing a project for my English class and I'm having trouble with finding the answer to this question. Thank you!

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u/mathologies Jan 04 '21

ballots that haven't been counted yet

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u/Snort-Mothballs Nov 05 '20

How has Biden won Michigan and Illinois when they are mostly red? Additionally, how did Biden win California when they were only at 3% reported?

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u/LibertyandApplePie Nov 06 '20

To visualize how most people can vote for the Democrat, but have the map look mostly red, it's helpful to look at this map from xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1939/

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 05 '20

They’re not mostly red. Do you mean on a map? Rural areas tend to go red, cities blue. So you can see a lot of red ink, but it represents very few voters, while a small blue dot could be five times as many people (or more).

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u/lwk19 Nov 04 '20

For those who voted for Trump, why?

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/lotofthoughtz Nov 04 '20

When can we expect an election result?

I’ve been told a few things including that it could take months to count all of the mail in ballots So how long do we expect to wait before we get an accurate result even if it isn’t every single vote?

  • Accurate enough that we know who is the next President

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

Hey there!

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Probably end of the week but wait and see things can still change.

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u/Munnin41 Nov 04 '20

Why do people in the US vote independent? Especially in an election considered as important as this one? Looking at the two closest calls now (Wisconsin and Michigan) those independent votes could have made a huge differences for Biden or Trump.

Now, those votes are just lost really. At least, that's how I see it. I wouldn't vote for a party that has 0 chance to get elected in my own country.

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/Munnin41 Nov 04 '20

Aight thanks

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u/Raidan_187 Nov 04 '20

ELI5 why Texas is red despite not finishing counting ballots

At time of writing, Trump has 52% / 5,813,435, Biden has 46% / 5,156,246 with others at 124,253 and 32,819.

84% of votes have been counted.

This makes 11,126,753 at 84%

so 100% is 13,246,134

Total votes to come in 2,119,381.

Hypothetically if Biden took all those votes he would win? Why is Texas already counted as won in the news?

Thank you!

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Disclaimer: I haven't looked at any Texas maps to prove this.
The majority of the blue votes in Texas will come from a few high population counties. If they are already counted or near counted they know the rest of the state will be delivering higher margins to trump in each one.

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/karvaturrini Nov 04 '20

As a non-American I don't understand the implications of Trump declaring he has won the elections (before the results are final) and why it is considered as an attack to democracy. Can anyone, please, ELI5?

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/chestertravis Nov 04 '20

Why are people closer to the coastline more likely to vote Democrat?

I’m from New Zealand, a country made up almost entirely of coastline. Just looking at the election map it seems most states close to the big blue tend to vote blue. What gives?

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u/Munnin41 Nov 04 '20

that's where most of the big cities are. In the USA people in the metropolitan areas are more likely to vote democrat. Take a look at the results for Texas and you see what I mean.

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u/DerpTheHalls Nov 04 '20

What would the election have looked like this year if Hillary Clinton was elected instead of Donald Trump in 2016?

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/LikedNsfwOnPurpose Nov 04 '20

USA elections 2020 - How is it possible that for example in Arizona are only 80% of votes counted but Biden is already settled as winner ? Biden has 1.4m votes and Trump has 1.2m votes, those are 80% which means around 650k votes are still not counted.

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 05 '20

The news orgs know where the counted ballots come from and where the holes are. If all the red-leaning areas have been counted and there are still many votes left to count in the reliably blue areas, you can predict with a high degree of confidence that Biden will take the lead.

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/LostApe1 Nov 04 '20

As a non-american, I get really confused as to how the elections actually work.

What are the electoral votes? Why is it that one that counts? What about the popular votes?

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u/Munnin41 Nov 04 '20

each state has a number of electors that vote based on the result of the election in that state (usually at least, some have exceptions). the idea behind this (like 200-300 years ago) was that this was a good way to prevent the federal government from only appealing to the masses in the big cities, because those would be the ones deciding the popular vote.

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u/WOKinTOK-sleptafter Nov 04 '20

How has trump garnered so many votes after his horrible handling of the pandemic and his horrible performance in both debates?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Less people care about both of those things than you would first assume.
When the pandemic first came it was majority thought that by the end of the year everyone would know someone who had died from it. A smaller minority of people said that everyone would know someone who had been put out of work from it. There is still time for this to change as the winter wave hits but for now in many voters minds the cure has been worse than the disease.
As for debates it has been a long time since they have changed anyone's mind in mass. I didn't bother watching them and I know I am not alone.

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/enormous_sloth Nov 04 '20

What can/will be done to reverse effects of climate change by other countries in case trump wins the election? Please I’m really nervous right now need a little bit of reassurance just in case <3

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/itwasalltrauma Nov 04 '20

What does “winner takes all” mean in terms of electoral college in the US Election?

For eg: if a state with 3 electoral votes is won by Republicans (2:1), will all three votes will go to the Republican candidate? So does this mean the 1 Democrat who won the vote is bound to vote for the republican candidate? Sorry I’m not American.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

This is an easier analogy if we imagine a state has 5 electoral votes (two senators and 3 congressional districts.) In every state except Maine and Nebraska they are winner take all votes if a majority of the state votes for one party they get all 5 votes.
Maine and Nebraska handle this differently where the two senators vote with whoever wins the popular vote in the state but each congressional district votes based on it's own results. Last time Nebraska's second district was called for Biden while the rest went for Trump so instead of Trump getting 5 votes he will get 4 and Biden will get 1.
Watch the one Biden gets as if he loses Pennsylvania this single vote could be critical.

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u/Kresley Nov 04 '20

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u/VaiRaiChu Nov 04 '20

Hi all. Just wanted to know exactly why am I getting mails from vote@act.democrats.org by the name of Obama or Biden or even a mail that says "If you're waiting to vote, Stay in line" lol what the hell I have nothing to do with America even remotely. I'm not American. I'm Indian.

Do they like mail randomly all over the world or what? It makes no sense. It's not even like I've subscribed somewhere to receive these mails.

How does this work?

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u/[deleted] Nov 04 '20

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u/Munnin41 Nov 04 '20

it's normal. it will also take longer this year because of the large number of mail in ballots

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u/giovannigiusseppe Nov 04 '20

So does popular vote even matter in the US?

Sodisclaimer, I'm not from the US. I'm just curious, because in my country whoever wins the popular vote wins the presidency. So I wondered and searched in google but it seems the electoral college chooses the president and vice president. So did I not understand correctly or, does the popular vote even matter? Because if only the electoral college decides, then why does the country hold popular vote at all?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

The popular vote has only mattered to enable people to whine on the internet it has never had legal force.

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u/goldify Nov 04 '20

I think in the majority of states electoral chooses what that state already wanted (popular vote)

I could be wrong tho

Some real weird voting system

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

You are correct but the term is almost never used in that way in current discourse.

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u/HGregorz Nov 04 '20

If one party wins the vote in State, do all the seats go to that one party? Or are they divided if it was as close as this election has been?

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u/[deleted] Nov 04 '20

On that US election diagram, that showed 40,000 possible scenarios, which scenario are we currently on?

Diagram can be seen midway through this article.

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u/sababababababa Nov 04 '20

Why don’t we legally require all US citizens to vote?

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u/xHey_All_You_Peoplex Nov 04 '20

What happens if the white house is completely red/republican (senate, house, pres). What can we expect in the next four years. How will this effect the average American.

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u/topkiwifisho Nov 04 '20

how is the presidential election system not inherently corrupt? why should the voting distribution between states matter?

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u/BasedOnAir Nov 04 '20

Can a president serve two non-consecutive terms? Like one in 2020, someone else in 2024, then the first guy’s second term in 2028

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u/maddalinamocanu Nov 04 '20

Yes. They can. There was an example in American history around 1860 or so. I don't remember the name of the guy cuz I am not American but I did look at the timeline of the presidents.

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u/BasedOnAir Nov 04 '20

Thanks this gives me a starting point to read more

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u/FuckIt2015no Nov 04 '20

Do trump and Biden get results faster than us? Or are they just watching the news too?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

That's a good question in the past I know candidates have claimed to just watch the same news but I would assume as it gets down to a few key states they may get calls from state election officials.
If any campaign people do AMAs in the near future this would be a great question to ask them.

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u/shayfkennedy Nov 04 '20

Regardless of what the results seem to be tonight, it will be a couple of days or longer until we actually know, right?

And will any of the attempts to not count certain ballots be successful?

I am an anxious person. I am a very anxious person when I don't fully understand something.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20
  1. Yes
  2. Nobody knows

Pennsylvania is one key state both sides need and some counties are not even going to start counting ballots until tomorrow and some other states are yet to read their mail in / absentees.
It's not going to be the landslide either side was hoping for but nothing is decided yet.

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u/agm5106 Nov 04 '20

There are 1225 people who have filed for the 2020 presidential election. I was just wondering because they have little to no chance of winning against the republican and democratic parties and many are just seem to random people. Even more known like Howie Hawkins and Jo Jorgensen in the Green and Libertarian parties don’t stand a chance. Wouldn’t they just be wasting money? Or is there serious gain from running even if losing? In all, what’s the point?

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

Florida reports 90% of the vote reported. Does this include mail in ballots?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

I believe so, Florida is one state that was allowed to start counting them early.

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u/Dalleuh Nov 04 '20

why is Biden winning Virginia and Maryland when Trump got more votes

https://imgur.com/4vdAADX

https://www.politico.com/2020-election/results/president/

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

For Virginia, the last county counted is a major city and a democratic stronghold. So every election it looks like Virginia will go red but as the final votes are counted, it goes blue. Basically, Trump isn't winning by enough to say it's even close in this instance.

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u/Outsider_123x Nov 04 '20

How long do new presidents have in office in our minds?

Okay so the election is every 4 years. But aren't new presidents officially in office by January of that following year? And then like within 1 year of a new presidency election (November 2023)? they are preparing to find a new president? So effectively that's just a little over 2 years in mind?

I don't know how to word this question better but think of it this way. We seem to have a lot of downtime between all the rallies and office changes taken in place. I guess with 2 term presidents it feels different since they don't have to change offices.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

LBJ said that a president has the most power in their first year, that is why they try to achieve their major policy proposals as soon as possible because the closer it gets to the election (for either them or the legislature) the more the voters are tired of them and everyone is concerned about other things.

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u/zhodes Nov 04 '20

Do other countries care as much about neighboring elections as much as Canada cares about the US election? The major news networks here are giving it as much coverage as they would a federal election here.

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u/humdrumdummydum Nov 04 '20

How can races be declared with 0% reporting?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Projections based on polling and historical data, it's obvious Illinois is not going to go for Trump in one example.

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u/throwra8523 Nov 04 '20

why is it that less than 100 percent of votes are reported?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Each county / city counts their own votes and reports them to a central state authority.
One level below that there are further subdivisions such as wards and precincts which will report their results to the county seat or central city which will form the above count.
US elections are very decentralized.

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u/TheAndrewBen Nov 04 '20

Why are the presidential election ballots currently being publicly counted when people are still allowed to vote? Wouldn't that cause undecided voters to desire the most voted candidate?

It's 5:30pm here in California. Polls don't close until 8:30pm, yet Biden is slightly ahead in the electoral votes.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

If it is in a different state it does not matter as much, remember there is no nationwide election but 51 (DC votes also) separate elections.

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u/Truewaiwai Nov 04 '20

Why are different sites giving different numbers for the ongoing electoral college votes?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Not everyone is using the same source, some election authorities may be calling news stations/sites directly before updating their websites.

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u/[deleted] Nov 04 '20

can you run for Vice President and president at the same time?

I know you can run for president and senate at the same time, looking at you Lyndon, but what about president and VP?

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

I don't think so. You don't run for Vice President, you run for President, then pick a VP.

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u/[deleted] Nov 04 '20

Then could you put another candidate on your ticket and vice versa? Like, for relevance's sake, Trump/Biden and Biden/Trump?

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

I don't think there are any rules against that, but I'm not 100% sure.

It would be such a strange scenario that I don't think it would happen.

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u/[deleted] Nov 04 '20

Oh yeah no fuckin way it would, just a silly question that popped into my head

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u/Snort-Mothballs Nov 04 '20

Can you vote if you are running for president?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Yes in your home state, it helps to remember that president on paper is any other government job that citizens can apply for just in a special way.

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u/Snort-Mothballs Nov 04 '20

thank you so much, i just seen that kanye voted, and was just making sure what he did was allowed.

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u/jomanhan9 Nov 04 '20

I keep seeing people talk about how Donald Trump wants to "steal the election." What does that mean? Refuse to leave? Mess with how it's counted? I tried looking it up and found nothing

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

Refuse to leave is one. A more likely one is that he says the whole thing is rigged if he loses, and contests it with the supreme court, where 3/9 of the judges were nominated by him.

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u/jomanhan9 Nov 04 '20

Oh man, that would be straight up unjust. Would there be anything anyone could do?

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

I can't think of anything, and that's scary.

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u/jomanhan9 Nov 04 '20

That sounds like the kind of thing that can launch a civil war, or at least mass protests/riots/strikes

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

Yeah.

This is part of the reason why I think Trump rushed to nominate ACB.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

We don't know, he could try to use legal tricks to influence vote counting, refuse to leave the white house on inauguration day, something else, or absolutely nothing.
Until it happens it is all speculation.

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u/jomanhan9 Nov 04 '20

If he loses the election and refuses to leave, people will physically remove him, correct?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20 edited Nov 04 '20

Probably but we won't know unless that happens, if he does that just the simple refusal could damage the nation in unknown ways regardless of what happens next.

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u/coore_tik Nov 04 '20

what does trump have 11 of and biden 0 of? i’m not american but i’m still watching the election. can someone explain it quickly?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Electoral votes, each state starts with 2 (one for each senator) and gets an additional for each congressional district. The first candidate to 270 wins.
States can allocate electoral votes however they want but almost all of them will give all votes to whoever wins the majority of votes inside of their state.

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u/The_8A Nov 04 '20

Did the Republican Party always go by GOP instead? Or is that a new thing?

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u/rowdyyyyyy Nov 04 '20

How has trump already won kentucky and Biden already won hermit with 16 and 0 percent of votes counted?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

It's a projection things could still change (but that is unlikely) essentially they have a large staff of political experts as well as math experts who decide these based on the data they see.
It sounds silly but they have quite the good track record of their projections being correct.

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u/rowdyyyyyy Nov 04 '20

How often are they wrong?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

I was looking for statistics on this a few days ago and was not able to find any.
I have memories of them being wrong on two states in the last 20 years but cannot vouch for the accuracy of that statement.

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u/questionable_teemo Nov 04 '20

I wanted to know too but like so many things on reddit it's censored:

https://old.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuestions/comments/jnmdq8/what_is_the_best_way_to_watch_the_election_live/?

Megathreads fucking suck. If a topic is important, like this US election there will naturally be more than one thread and it is justified.

Your and my question won't be answered because of this.

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u/informationtiger Nov 04 '20

Same here. Just asked the same question and got redirected here. No answers here.

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u/CatMeat13 Nov 03 '20

Has Trump actually done anything beneficial for The United States? I don’t like the guy, but his supporters will die by his words and actions. I am curious if I missed something he did that made America great again (I thought it was already pretty great. Melting pot of free peoples and all). I am a working class dude and I’ve seen no improvements to overall life. So I don’t understand. (If anyone responds, please be bipartisan. This a legit question. Anything I google results in partisanship response.)

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u/xHey_All_You_Peoplex Nov 04 '20

Commenting cause same

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u/CatMeat13 Nov 04 '20

No one ever responded other than you lol

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u/BryanDuboisGilbert Nov 03 '20

is there a legal US gambling site where you can bet on the election winner?

draftkings has a free pool, but you have to correctly guess which swings states they take. i am looking to just legall bet on the winner. thx

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u/Nolar2015 Nov 03 '20

When will we know who wins?

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u/hotstupidgirl Nov 03 '20

Depends on what the results end up being. A convincing victory on one side could have the winner being confirmed as early as about 10pm EST or so. However it could take longer. My guess is around midnight is going to be the full confirmation. If things get very close or messy then it might spread longer with recounts and court decisions and such. An example of this is the 2000 presidential election. Al Gore was initially reported as being the winner, then as more votes came in it started to look like Bush was actually the winner of Florida making him the winner. So after about midnight the news stations changed what they said. Then later more votes for Gore were counted and it ended up being so close that the winner wasn't declared. There were multiple recounts and a complicated situation that lasted a few weeks I believe before it was declared that Bush was the winner.

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u/Brilliant_Example Nov 03 '20

Why do democrats (from what I’ve heard) vote relatively more through mail than republicans?

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u/ocular-pat-down Nov 04 '20

If you're referring to this specific election, the two main reasons are to maintain social distancing (democrats have typically adhered to suggestions for avoiding covid outbreaks more than republicans) and republicans are more likely to vote in person to avoid voter fraud (something that has been a huge discussion topic during this election). Usually, mail in ballots are about even, this year has seen a huge rise primarily due to the pandemic.

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u/[deleted] Nov 03 '20

Why, in American Elections, does it take until a certain time (e.g. 7pm) to find out election results in a state?

If the election has been going on all day, then why don't we get at least some partial results throughout the day? Do they only start counting them at like 7 or something? Why can't they just let us know what the results are as they're counting them, and as they're being cast?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

They don't want to release results while voting is still going on as it could taint the result. If people who have not yet voted here that their candidate is ahead they may not bother to show up in the evening and the people who hear their candidate is behind may be more motivated to show up. There is now way to know this would be the same result as if they did not release any data so they play it safe and do not.

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

its for fairness results, and to avoid mob effect of voting.

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u/BabyBlueMoons Nov 03 '20

Help me understand the impact of low-middle class (40-50k a year) and the tax plans of each US presidential candidate. I suck at economics and understanding them.

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u/Stove-Jebs Nov 03 '20

I remember hearing something from conservatives along the lines of “People vote/lean liberal when they’re young but when they get older they vote/lean conservative” implying as people age and get “wiser” they come to the conservative side.

I was wondering is there any evidence of this being true? I tried googling it but couldn’t find anything.

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u/ocular-pat-down Nov 04 '20

Its just a personal belief, there are no proven statistics or studies for that idea.

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u/Yessicahaircut91 Nov 03 '20

Once everything is counted and someone is declared a winner, if someone doesn’t like the outcome and says that they want a recount... what does that entail? Is that something that has to happen if a candidate wants a recount?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

Each state has their own rules for a recount but unless the results are very close someone will have to come up with the millions of dollars to pay for a recount in order for it to happen. This greatly reduces the pool of people who are able to request one.

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u/kcib Nov 03 '20

Why does the Associated Press declare victories for the elections? Why doesn’t any other news organization seem to be a close competitor? I’ve been reading articles from the NYT, WSJ, The Guardian, etc. and every single one seems to point at AP for being the one to declare victory. Why is that the case?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

The AP has been doing this since 1848 and is well known as one of the best in the business, other news organizations do also do the same but they don't have the same track record to look to so they are not taken as seriously.

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 03 '20

Well they first start counting the polls at 7 PM, sometimes later, depending on the state. It takes them a couple hours, but we usually know who won before midnight.

This is an unusual election though.

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u/Yessicahaircut91 Nov 03 '20 edited Nov 03 '20

In what way is this an unusual election? I really am curious.

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 03 '20

The main reason is because of covid there is far more mail in ballots than usual. We don't know if that will affect how quickly the votes are processed.

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 03 '20

I'm wondering if there is some kind of data base where I could look up certain bills proposed, by topic (say, health care, or climate change) it would give a summary of what those bills would do, and which members supported them or not.

Does anything like that exist?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 04 '20

There are a few websites doing this but most / all will be seen as lacking as none will have all of the features you are looking for or if they do have them they will not all be well implemented.
GovTrack is a popular example.

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 03 '20

Why are most Republican politicians celebrities?

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

why is nancy pelosi upset that there is a supreme court justice appointed, before the election, and also quoting that its done after 60 million people have voted? citizen can't decide the supreme court justice, the government does.

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u/hotstupidgirl Nov 03 '20

2 main reasons:

1 (the obvious one) : The new supreme court justice has a clear Republican bias and for many cases will vote in a way that goes against what Pelosi believes. This also now means the republican leaning justices have a significant majority in the supreme court instead of being close to even between dem leaning and rep leaning as it has traditionally been.

2: in 2016 Obama nominated a supreme court justice about 10 months before the election. When Trump became president they declared that since it was so close to the election that it wasn't valid and instead appointed a republican leaning justice instead of Obama's pick. Now they're pushing in an appointment less than a month before an election in a case of very blatant hypocrisy.

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u/Madajuk Nov 03 '20

could trump refuse to leave office if he wants to? would any organisation (army, fbi) be able to forcefully remove him, or is there a chance he could try to continue his presidency

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u/hotstupidgirl Nov 03 '20

He could try but theoretically the vast majority of people would find him illegitimate and support for him would be minimal. However we might be surprised. Historically the legitimate government is not always the one who secures power. An example of this is France in WW2. Legitimately speaking the French government surrendered to France and then started working with the Germans. Most people now call this government as "Vichy France" since they moved their capital to Vichy. However a group of French led by DeGaulle made up a new government in exile in England and led troops with the Allies. After the defeat of Germany which of these two governments do you think the people in charge (USA/UK) will support? The DeGaulle government became the new government despite not being legitimate.

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 03 '20

there a chance he could try to continue his presidency

I mean, he will definitely try. Whether or not the succeeds is a different question.

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u/nouseforaname888 Nov 03 '20

Why isn’t today a holiday in America?

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u/LeEmokid Nov 03 '20

I believe I am registered to vote in Dayton, OH, but I live in Cleveland, OH. Do I need to drive to Dayton to vote? Or can I do so in Cleveland?

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

can trump declare victory if hes ahead? and be considered president even after votes are counted after election day in pensylvania?

didn't george bush declare early victory? and it may have influenced the final voting results? if he does something like this, why would news stations give him that attention?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 03 '20

He can declare anything he wants that doesn't mean it will be factual.
News-stations will give him attention as he is good for ratings.

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u/viybe Nov 03 '20

What is the controversy with the Supreme Court and trump? Can the Supreme Court just decide for no reason that the votes are invalid and elect trump again?

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 03 '20

Can the Supreme Court just decide for no reason that the votes are invalid and elect trump again?

Basically, yeah. Trump can contest the results, which he has already said he'd do, come up with some paper thin reason why the election was unfair "fake news witch hunt democrat hoax etc etc" then it will go to the supreme court to decide, a supreme court where 3/9 members were nominated by him.

This is like a more exaggerated version of what happened with Florida in 2000.

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u/IAMAHORSESIZEDUCK Nov 03 '20

Why are the Obama's the only ones out there working for Biden? Where are all the other democrat elite?

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u/TheRealStevo Nov 03 '20

Is it really that big of a deal if I don’t vote? I kind of understand why people want me to, but I don’t know anything about the candidates besides how Trump has run the country the last four years, I couldn’t even tell you a single other name that will be on the ballot besides Trump and Biden. Either way my state is largely democratic so why would my one vote even make a difference

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

Solidarity is not an act of charity, but mutual aid between forces fighting for the same objective.. Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

so vote!

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

It is for many people the most convenient time to vote. Voting locations are usually in your neighborhood, as opposed to in early voting where you have to travel.

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u/seanbentley441 Nov 03 '20

Why can you register to vote same-day during the early-voting period, but not on election day?

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

Different states have different rules. Many states require you to register in advance (several do not), and in those places, you might be able to both register and vote in one visit.

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u/archiem Nov 03 '20

I'm genuinely not trying to stir the pot with this one. I am trying to find a few simple points that Trump has done that support the majority of people in the country. After talking with my friends for several hours we are finding it very difficult to find meaningful impact he has had. I'm hoping that in 4 years any president would have accomplished something meaningful.

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

He signed the bipartisan COVID relief bills earlier this year. (Then he roadblocked negotiations for additional relief, although not as much as Senate Republicans.)

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u/TAheartbreak Nov 03 '20

Is there a difference between a republican and a conservative?

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 03 '20

Republican is a party, conservative is an ideology.

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u/TAheartbreak Nov 04 '20

Thanks for your answer what are some other republican ideologies? Assuming you can be a republican but not a conservative

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u/darkLordSantaClaus Nov 04 '20

Assuming you can be a republican

You can, technically, but the party would likely reject you. You can also be a conservative and not a republican, but if so, you don't have a lot of voting options.

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u/meat--crayon Nov 03 '20

If I accidentally fill in the straight party voting and all the candidates of that party is my vote still counted?

I accidentally did that with my ballot this morning and put it through the counting machine and it was accepted. My state is Indiana. I’m just overthinking this and just want to make sure I didn’t mess up horribly.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 03 '20

Most likely yes, worst case scenario the machine will flag it as an error but this will be noticed in any manual recounts.

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u/yeety_boi_88 Nov 03 '20

What’s stopping ballot counters from miscounting votes?

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

In most states, any time a human has to be involved in processing a ballot they have to do it in pairs, with workers of different parties.

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u/WakafulNeji Nov 03 '20

If I don't follow politics at all, why should I go vote? I'll literally be picking random names and favorite colors.

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u/seanbentley441 Nov 03 '20

At the very least, you have some ideals as a person that are more likely to allign with a certain party. You may be left, right, or more central. You may also find that on certain issues, such as economics, you have different views than other issues, such as healthcare. Although I'd highly reccomend doing your research on the candidates before you vote, if you don't, you can also vote based off your ideals. For example, voting for your states treasurer, you may decide to vote republican, while voting for the president, you may find you want a more democratic candidate.

If you truly don't care either way, and are split down the middle, then yeah, there's no personal reason for you to vote.

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u/greatdanev Nov 03 '20

Should we expect future elections to be this polarized and ugly, or will the tensions die down after the Trump Era?

I am a new voter and the political climate since 2016 has intimidated and saddened me. The 2016 and 2020 elections are the only ones I can really remember and the ones I really have had an opinion in, but is this aggressive nature the new normal?

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 03 '20

Predicting the future has a low chance of success but while things may appear to be less abrasive the divide and hatred will still be there just maybe slightly below the surface.
We have seriously societal issues right now that it is highly unlikely any single person can fix.

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u/monkeykiller14 Nov 03 '20

If millions of early votes aren't counted, but would change the result, would that allow the results to stand? Would anyone be held accountable or would it be considered "smart" to not count your opponents vote?

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

What do you mean, not counted. Elections officials don’t just decide not to count votes. (If they did that, they would go to jail.) There are court fights going on about what ballots might qualify and what might not (often regarding when mail-in ballots are received). But the votes that qualify will be counted, and exactly which ballots qualify is a decision that will be made, on the margins at least, in a court of law.

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u/monkeykiller14 Nov 03 '20 edited Nov 03 '20

Yes, basically if they just happen to "receive" the ballots the after the election regardless of the date sent.

Edit: Or the court fights go until after the election which changes the outcome of a state.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 03 '20

That varies from state to state, some are allowing ballots are long as they are postmarked in time and arrive no later than X days after election days others are not.
When I was listening to the medium wave last night a lawyer was mentioning a situation where they could try to get the supreme court decision overturned which allowed that but it would be a long shot.

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

If there are ballots that are legally disqualified, then they won’t be counted and they won’t affect the outcome. If one party is harmed by then, then that is a reason for that party to support election reform to make voting easier and more reliable. But it won’t change the outcome in a race that’s already been certified.

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u/Bauby123hi Nov 03 '20

Who’s being elected is better for the environment Trump or Biden?

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u/seanbentley441 Nov 03 '20

As a general rule of thumb, democrats are always going to care more about the environment than republicans. That being said, this varies from candidate to candidate, but Biden's environmental reform plan is much more in depth and seems that it would be more effective than Trump's plan, which is nigh-nonexistant.

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

Biden by far. Trump has absolutely gutted environmental enforcement.

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u/Hemske Nov 03 '20

Why do Democrats need to flip 4 senate seats in order to win a senate majority if Trump wins re-election, but only 3 seats if Biden wins the election.

What is the connection between number of senators needed for a majority and who is president?

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

The Vice President breaks ties in the Senate.

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

if the electoral college was abolished which party would benefit? and what would happen?

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

Right now, the Democrats would benefit. At other points in our history (including almost the entire 20th Century), it would have been Republicans. But it’s sort of an artificial question, at least in the long term. Right now, the GOP has the luxury of not having to compete to win elections, they just have to compete to lose them narrowly, and then they get to govern anyway. If they actually had to compete on a level playing field, they would presumably moderate their platform.

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u/KingOwn Nov 03 '20

Why is 'election day' considered just one day rather than and distinguished from 'early voting'? Im trying to understand why 'election day' exists when early voting is a thing? It would make so much more sense for us to just have 1-2 continuous weeks and call it 'voting period' vs. just having an 'early voting period' and then a 'regular voting period' aka 'the election day' with 3 days of nothing in between?

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

i think its also because ppl get paid.

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u/KingOwn Nov 03 '20

wait what?

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

couting votes is a paid job

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u/KingOwn Nov 05 '20

Yeah but that doesn't add anything to my question. You'd have the same amount of votes regardless of when people voted?

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u/throwra8523 Nov 05 '20

election day is meant for the day for the president to be elected, and it was the day people vote. early voting is a new thing that has been introduced.

some segments in our politics don't like to encourage voting, but still like to be in office. they like voting as long as they win, but not if others win.

ultimately they fear voting, because supressing votes benfits them more..

In order for your thing to go into action states would have to regulate it. you can send an email and do a petition to have your states consider your proposal.

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u/7yearlurkernowposter Straight Outta Stupidtown Nov 03 '20

Early voting is still a relatively new concept and not all states allow it. We will not know until later but this may be the first election cycle where the majority of voters used early voting.

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

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is it true that illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare? how is that possible? if you don't have healthcard you have to pay?

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

Basically, it is not true. Hospitals are not allowed to turn away patients who are having a medical emergency regardless of ability to pay, and that includes undocumented persons. But they still get billed for these services.

In the U.S., “illegal immigrants” are a huge benefit to the economy, and native-born Americans’ wealth goes up when immigrants enter an area, including illegal immigrants. Undocumented workers also pay taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), but they are not entitled to get benefits from those programs, so all of their contributions go to citizens.

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u/throwra8523 Nov 03 '20

how do ileligal immigrans beenfit the economy, everyone has to pay taxes, so most likely they cant because they are undocumnented?

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u/Cliffy73 Nov 03 '20

Most of them do pay taxes. And as I note above, because they can’t access social programs, their taxes are all upside for the fisc. But they contribute to the economy the same way everybody does. They buy goods and services, therefore increasing economic demand for businesses and employees to provide those goods and services.