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The act or process of choosing a person for a position, especially a public office, usually through a vote.

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Do the changes to constituencies proposed by the Boundary Commissions unduly benefit the Conservative party?

The proposed changes to the constituency boundaries in the UK were drawn up by four independent commissions, one for each of the UK’s constituent countries, and presented to the Government in 2018. ...
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What is the smallest percentage of U.S. voters needed to re-elect the 34 Senators to acquit a President?

When a U.S. President is tried for impeachment, he will be acquitted if more than 1/3 of the Senators (currently 34) vote to acquit him. What is the minimal number of voters (as a percent of eligible ...
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What is an MRP poll, and is it more accurate than a conventional poll?

On Nov 27th, the polling company YouGov released an “MRP” poll that predicts the Conservative party winning a majority of 68 in the upcoming General Election. The poll has been treated as practically ...
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What would happen if the Queen died immediately before a general election?

I'm an American so I don't have a total grasp of UK politics but my understanding is that when the Queen of the UK dies, the country shuts down for a few days. It's also my understanding that prior to ...
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Why would the US try to make Karzai lose the 2009 election in Afghanistan?

I see this mentioned in a story covering US interventions in foreign elections: In his memoir, the former Defense Secretary Robert Gates accuses Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s ...
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What is a constituency in the Georgian political system?

I want to try alternative voting systems and wanted to take Georgia as my mock example as their political elections data is very granular as one can see here. Georgian has a unicameral parliament, ...
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What is the minimum vote share a party could obtain and still win a majority in a General Election?

Inspired by the US equivalent - what is the minimum total vote share that a party could obtain while still winning over 325 seats in the Commons? What is the smallest share of the vote that a party ...
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Is the UK unusual in not requiring identification to vote?

When one votes in the UK, all that is asked of you at the polling station is your name and address, which is then checked against a list to ensure that you are registered and eligible to vote. There ...
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How did Boris Johnson manage to be elected Mayor of London for two terms when London is usually staunchly Labour?

In 2008, Boris Johnson beat Ken Livingstone by 6.4% of the vote share in the second round of voting. He repeated this feat in 2012, if by a slimmer margin. How did he manage to win these elections, ...
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When private companies are nationalized, does the Government set the price?

The Labour Party manifesto for the 2019 General Election is expected to detail the nationalisation of many former publicly owned companies such as the Rail Network, Energy Networks, and even the ...
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What effect do TV debates have on voting intention?

The first head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will take place within an hour from this question being posted. In the past, there have been occasions where leaders have ...
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Is door-to-door canvassing common in America?

In the UK, most people can expect to be canvassed at home, in the form of party volunteers knocking on their door and trying to have a conversation with them in order to persuade them to vote for ...
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What's the procedure of the Tory party if the Prime Minister lost his seat in the upcoming UK general election?

It is quite possible that Mr Johnson loses his seat in the upcoming general election, while the Conservative party gains a majority. Does the Conservative party have official procedures for what ...
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What difference does a winter election make?

The last December election took place almost a century ago, in 1923. Why are winter elections so rare, what difference does it make to voters, turnout, and campaigners, and how has it affected the ...
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How (un)common is for former US presidents not to endorse any presidential candidate explicitly?

Insofar Obama has steered clear of explicitly endorsing anyone in particular, although his most recent comments have been interpreted as a rebuke of Sanders and Warren. I wonder: are the any ...
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Do any other countries aside from the UK have a tradition of ‘joke’ candidates?

In the UK, for example, there are candidates such as Lord Buckethead, Count Binface, Mr Fish Finger (of the Fish Finger Party) and, perhaps most well known, the Monster Raving Loony Party. These ...
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Is the postponement of the release of the Intelligence Security Committee’s report on Russian interference in UK elections abnormal?

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been criticism of the government over the decision to postpone the release of the report until parliament reconvenes after the election. This comes despite the ...
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Can the UK general election be cancelled? [duplicate]

The sh*t hits the fan. The Russia scandal blows up. Boris Johnson is photographed handing a suitcase of money to Nigel Farage. Vast swathes of the country is under water. A yellow weather warning is ...
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Are there previous cases of the incumbent Prime Minister standing in a different seat to the one they were previously elected in?

There are rumours floating around that the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson may switch seats from his current Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency to a safer Tory seat: ...
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As a supporter, what is the most impactful way of helping a political campaign win?

Let's say new Gubernatorial elections are coming up in the US and you are dead set on doing everything possible to help your candidate win. What would be the most impactful legal way to do so, in ...
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Is there any evidence that the Brexit Party simply didn't have the resources to field as many candidates as they claimed?

After being rebuffed by the Tories a number of times in the offer to forge an alliance between their two parties, The Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, originally claimed to be ready to stand ...
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Why does Spain's PSOE have such a big problem forming a coalition?

What was the reason PSOE couldn't or didn't want to form a coalition for six months or so, to the extent that it preferred to have second snap election in a year? I understand that it had at least two ...
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Why does the Remain Alliance not contest all Northern Ireland seats?

With its abstentionist policy, Sinn Féin cannot be counted as a remain party for the purpose of the election. Sinn Féin will effectively abstain in any voting on Brexit, while a remainer MP could vote ...
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Is there a coup going on in Bolivia?

Recently Bolivia held presidential elections which were highly questioned in terms of legitimacy and led to massive protests in the country accusing the government of fraud. This situation, and the ...
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Does Andrew Yang support single-payer?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s website said this on March 9: With a shift to single-payer, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical ...
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Why do EU members have single or multiple parliamentary constituencies?

EU Member states can choose whether they want to have multiple constituencies for elections to the European Parliament, or not. Many EU member states have a single national constituency (like Germany)...
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Are there examples in the UK in which candidates for MP didn't formally withdraw but said openly something like “don't vote for me”?

Since there is a formal deadline for withdrawal of candidacies from UK Parliament elections, are there historical examples in which some candidates nonetheless informally withdrew after such a ...
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Can candidates for MP seats “stand down” in a formal way after declaring candidacy?

As the Guardian reported Farage began the party’s election campaign last week saying he would put up candidates across the country unless Johnson abandoned his Brexit deal and formed a leave ...
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When is the deadline for candidacies for Parliament for the UK election this year?

In the context of Nigel Farage threatening to contest or not some seats, when is the deadline for the candidacies for seats to be announced?
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In Swedish elections, can you change your ballot paper in the polling booth?

In Sweden, you have a system where you choose ballot paper with the political party printed on it before you enter the voting station. I understand that you can pick multiple papers and there also is ...
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Why would anybody be for a popular vote deciding the president with the current layout of the US? [closed]

The electoral college was designed to keep states with large populations from controlling the vote, while allowing those same states to still have more influence. I understand that states have a right ...
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Does the electoral college (or a similar system) apply to US governor elections?

I'm following the live results of the Kentucky and Mississippi elections for governor etc, and I notice that while the Republican nominee has won the majority of the precincts, what they're reporting ...
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Is it usual for a US president to make specific comments about a UK Prime Minister's suitability during a general election?

According to a BBC ariticle, Trump has made comments like: Jeremy Corbyn would be "so bad" as prime minister Of Boris Johnson: "[He's] the exact right guy for the times" Is it usual for a US ...
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Is there a link between election results and increased suicide rates?

A question posted here just after the 2016 US Presidential election makes anecdotal claims about increased depression and suicide following the election: I live in the US and woke up to a slew of ...
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Is there a convention regarding when election manifestos are launched in the UK?

The Independent is claiming that both the Conservative and Labour parties will launch their election manifestos in the week beginning 18/11/19. Is this assertion based on some tradition or convention, ...
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Was there a precedent of circumventing Commons supermajority requirement?

Background: current UK government led by prime minister Boris Johnson wants to call an early election. But Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 requires 2/3 supermajority in Commons for that, which the ...
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Who has the power to dissolve the House of Representatives in the Netherlands?

Wikipedia says If the House of Representatives is dissolved, due to a severe conflict between the House of Representatives and cabinet, or within the cabinet, a snap election takes place as soon as ...
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What does Boris Johnson stand to gain from holding an election on the 12th rather than the 9th of December?

Boris Johnson stated that he wants to have a general election on the 12th of December, and very clearly he is trying to paint these election as a "referendum" (even though a referendum is not based on ...
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Do (district level) US House of Representatives elections record county on the ballot?

Situation: County X contains some but not all of Congressional Districts 1, 2, and 3. County X contains no entire Congressional Districts fully within its borders. What I want to know: The overall ...
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Why did eastern B.C. and Canadian Prairies largely vote Conservative in Oct. 2019?

I screenshot CBC on Oct. 22 2019. I know these electoral districts (ridings) didn't vote Conservative — BC — South Okanagan-West Kootenay AB — Edmonton-Strathcona (too teeny to be seen in screen shot)...
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Canadian election: role of party leader when not chosen in electoral district

In Canadian elections every member of parliament (house of commons) is chosen in the electoral district in which he runs. Most of them are affiliated with one of the federal parties (some run ...
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Has the UK had an election, referendum, or similar result either not implemented or put again before being implemented (in modern times)?

Are there any examples from modern times of the result of a UK election, referendum, etc., not being implemented, or the question being put a second time (perhaps in modified form) before the first ...
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Is Obama's support of Trudeau's re-election “foreign interference”? [closed]

There have been concerns that the 2019 federal Canadian election might be the target of foreign interference. Former U.S. president and current American citizen Barack Obama issued a public statement:...
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What would happen if the Liberals and Conservatives won an equal number of seats in the Canadian Parliamentary elections?

In the answers to my question about CBC's poll tracker (In CBC's poll tracker, why do the probabilities of winning not add up to 100%?), it was mentioned that there could be a possibility of a tie ...
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What problems is Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) likely to face, given the lack of majority in the Senate?

According to the official results of the Polish parliamentary election, the Law and Justice party (PiS) has won majority in the Sejm (the lower house), but lacks majority in the Senate (the upper ...
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Are there some statistics on the political affiliation of NESBs?

Non-English speaking background (NESB) is a demographic category often encountered in Australian publications. Are there statistics on the political party affiliation of NESBs (membership or just whom ...
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Have Republicans or others elaborated concretely why (some) election security bills would be partisan?

In June of 2019, the New York Times reported: WASHINGTON — A raft of legislation intended to better secure United States election systems after what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, ...
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What does “bracketing” a UK political party mean?

In the article PM strikes secret deal with DUP as he draws up 'final Brexit offer' by Lisa O'Carroll , Heather Stewart, Daniel Boffey and Rowena Mason it says: "Johnson will draw up battle lines ...
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What are the red lines for the Haredim and the Joint List? Is there any indication they could support the same government?

The (Arab) Joint List hints at the possibility of supporting a centre-left–ultra-Orthodox coalition. Such cooperation sounds quite exotic, and I understand that the offer comes from the Joint List's ...
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How could a third party candidate with electoral votes decide the choice of president?

In the 1968 Washington Post story announcing Nixon as the winner of the 1968 presidential election, the author made a peculiar point: Nixon’s Illinois victory, which emerged more than 15 hours ...