Well, in the US, they do their best to limit the amount of people who vote. Thus voting on a normal week day with limited opening hours and far between poll stations. Many states, especially in the South, block ex-cons from ever voting again, etc, etc. Also, you have to register at a prior date in order to be able to vote, which complicates matters further.ukcanuck wrote: ↑Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:31 amThose midterms are going to say a lot about America, the stability of the democrats and the truth behind the republican claims that trump is popular.
It’s been observed that in Obama’s elections there were huge lines of blacks waiting to vote.
At trumps there huge lines of dusty white trash waiting to vote.
These midterms there better be huge lines of everyone.
Not voting is condoning this asshole
We have elections in Sweden this September. We always vote on a Sunday so that most people don't have to take time off from work, polling stations are evenly spread out to accomodate between 1000 and 2000 voters and are open from 8 am and 8 pm. If there is a line outside the polling station at 8 pm, all who are in line at that point should be allowed to vote before the polling closes. And all citizens older than 18 have a right to vote. You cannot get stripped of your voting right. No need to register. Each polling station has a list of all citizens residing in that area that are eligible to vote. If you are out of town, you can cast an absentee ballot. The idea is that it should be as easy as possible to vote and to get as large a turnout as possible.
Voter ID? Yeah, all voters must identify themselves, but we allow three methods:
1) presenting a valid photo ID
2) being recognised by an officer at the polling station that vouches for the identity of the voter
3) having another person with a valid photo ID signing an affadavit confirming the identity of the voter
I usually work at a polling station during elections, and I'd say 99% present a photo ID. The rest are friends or family of those working at the polling station, but even then they usually pull out their ID...
Anyway, the mid terms in the USA will be interesting to follow.
Donald has stated that he expects the Russians to try to help the Democrats win.
Most people scoff and say he is deflecting, but you know what - he could be right!
There are basically three schools of thought about the Russian meddling in the 2016 elections:
a) Putin specifically wanted Trump to win, because he has something on him and thinks he can control him.
b) Putin just mainly wanted to do everything to prevent Hillary from winning, because of a personal grudge against her.
c) Putin's main goal was to destabilise the USA by polarizing the country and sowing mistrust in the democratic process.
The fact that Russian bots and trolls also seemed to back Sanders (especially they formed the backbone of the group of Sanders supporters who insisted they'd never vote for Hillary) makes it plausible that it was b or c rather than a.
If in fact it is increased polarization and destabilisation that is the primary goal, I'm not sure what would be more effective.
Having Trump win and dismantling the tenets of liberal democracy one by one, while his opponents grow ever more desperate OR having the democrats take over the House of Representatives and the Senate and having the entire system go into lockdown? Perhaps with an impeachment as a bonus, resulting in vitriolic rage among Trump supporters.
Heck, maybe this really is a win-win situation for Putin and he can just sit back and stir his tea while giggling like a little girl.
Bonus: Sanders supporters who voted for Trump in three key swing states. If these Sanders supporters instead had refrained from voting, Hillary would be president of the United States. Think about it.
STATE - SANDERS PRIMARY VOTES - SANDERS VOTERS SUPPORTING TRUMP - SANDERS-TRUMP VOTERS (EST.) - TRUMP'S 2016 MARGIN OF VICTORY
Michigan ........ 598,943 .... 8% ..... 47,915 ... 10,704
Pennsylvania ... 731,881 ... 16% ... 117,100 ... 44,292
Wisconsin ....... 570,192 .... 9% ..... 51,317 ... 22,748
Source: 2016 National Popular Vote Tracker, U.S. Election Atlas, Brian Schaffner