in #CASE you were curious… About Elections!
In the United States, individual states decide how and when to register voters, which has often led to confusion. Just 13 states allow voter registration on Election Day.
In France, citizens are automatically registered to vote when they turn 18 years old. In Sweden, eligible voters are automatically registered when they turn in their tax registration rolls.
Some countries, such as India, Greece, Ukraine and Colombia, have a "None of the Above" option on their election ballots. In the United States, only Nevada offers a "None of These Candidates" option.
Over 22 countries around the world require their citizens to vote. Citizens who do not vote are typically subject to penalties, such as fines or community service. Voter turnout in these countries is typically high.
Many countries, such as Greece, Australia, and Brazil, hold their elections on the weekend to encourage higher voter turnout. Traditionally, elections in the United States have been held on Tuesdays because, in the past, that allowed farmers to travel to polling places. Tuesdays did not interfere with the Biblical Sabbath or with market day, which, in many towns, was on Wednesday.
In 1955, Vietnamese Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm printed his ballots on red paper, which the Vietnamese consider a very lucky color. He printed the ballots for his opponent on green paper, which is considered a very unlucky color. Ultimately, he won the election—interestingly with more votes than there were registered voters.
In 1964, Haitian dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier asked to be elected as "President for Life" and won 99.9% of the vote...interestingly, all the ballots were pre-marked "yes." And he was president until his death in 1971. That’s when his 19-year-old son Jean-Claude Duvalier, nicknamed "Baby Doc", succeeded him as president. He kept the job until 1986 – when he was “encouraged” to leave by the Reagan administration.
Up until 2012, it was illegal in South Carolina to buy alcohol on Election Day
In 1997, Texas passed a law that allowed American astronauts in space to electronically cast their ballots in federal elections. In that same year, David Wolf cast the first-ever space vote while aboard the Russian Space Station Mir.
Saudi Arabia has had only seven elections in the last 80 years. Additionally, all legislation has to be vetted and approved by the reigning monarch.
The Ohio Constitution prohibits "idiots" from voting. The constitution states "no idiot, or insane person shall be entitled to the privileges of an elector.”