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Questions tagged [election]

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

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What are the requirements for a Democratic nomination in primaries?

Who decides how many candidates and which of them will be nominated by the Democratic party in a presidential election?
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Does the number of constituencies in First Past The Post system affect the strength of third parties?

If the number of constituencies in an assembly elected by FPTP was increased from 200 to 500 will that make it easier for third parties to win seats or does it not have any effect?
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Does running dead happen in elections outside of Australia?

In Australia, to “run dead” means to have a candidate run, but deliberately not do any campaigning, in order for your candidate to come third and be able to direct preferences reliably to another ...
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How are leveling seats chosen in Germany's Bundestag chosen?

In Germany's Bundestag half the MPs are elected by First Past The Post and the other half are elected from party lists. Before an election parties submit regional lists in every state. The lists are ...
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How exactly does a primary election in Israel (specifically Likud) work?

I've been trying to understand the exact mechanics of how primary elections in Likud party in Israel work. So far I'm on page 3 of Google search and nothing has a meaningful explanation, only details ...
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Anti-deceptive electioneering law

In light of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and clandestine Democratic efforts to use deceptive tactics in the recent Alabama senate race, it is clear that social media as a ...
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Have any third parties used Maine or Arizona's public financing in their campaigns?

I cannot find evidence for a third party using the public financing option for either state. I can see nothing preventing it and assume they have at some point. Specifically I'm referring to the $5 ...
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Removal of legislators who fail to discharge accepted manifesto commitments

It is known that elected representatives step down when gross/complete failure of their responsibility occurs. Like owning up responsibility in accidents caused by negligence.. However has there been ...
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Why were US Congresional election results regularly overturned in the early 20th century?

This graphic from a FiveThirtyEight article shows dozens of Congressmen were removed from office during the first four decades of the 20th century due to having election results overturned. Why was ...
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Would a Government who lose the confidence of the House really delay an election until after the event over which that confidence was lost transpires?

Joe Watts, political editor of The Independent, published an article today titled "Ministers tell Theresa May to force through Brexit by calling election for days after EU withdrawal". She reports ...
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How long does it take to count votes in different voting systems?

In the UK (which uses first-past-the-post voting) the results of elections are usually declared the next day. If the UK (or any other country) switched to single transferable vote or instant-runoff ...
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Why is Beto O'Rourke still a US Representative despite not running for re-election to the House?

O'Rourke was an incumbent in the House who then ran for election to the Senate and lost. Shouldn't he then no longer be part of Congress, since he only ran in one race and did not win? Why does he ...
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As a dual EU citizen, which country should I vote in for european elections?

I am a dual EU citizen (which countries is irrelevant here, but both full EU members) and am wondering which of my two countries I should register to vote in for the next European Parliament Elections,...
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Research on short election cycles influencing political choices?

Having been doing business (mostly in IT) for a while I have noticed some interesting trends. Particularly the fact that family companies or rather companies where the owners expect to pass the ...
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Is the US suffering from legislative paralysis?

In his book "The Best Seat in the House", excerpted online here, former Congressman John Dingell expresses his feeling that there should be more bills passed by legislature. Yet [Congressperson ...
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What was the main factor behind the Democratic gains in the 2018 Midterm Elections?

What was the main cause behind the Democratic pickups in House seats? Was it that they were doing something right, either in rhetoric or policy, that the American people liked or was it Republicans ...
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Vote coercion in U.S.A

Rebecca Solnit wrote a provocative article describing husbands that "bully, silence and control" the votes of their wives in the United States. She musters anecdotes of Republican men preventing their ...
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Who will become Maine Attorney General in January?

Janet Mills will become the next governor of Maine. I believe she is currently the Maine Attorney General. My question is, who becomes the Maine Attorney General on the day she moves office?
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How does the German Bundestag election system work?

Can someone describe for me if this election system is a majoritarian system or a system of proportional representation? And how does it work?
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Data on vote and seats

I'm looking for a data on: Nationwide data from 1946 on Democrat and Republican share of the national vote Share of the seats in Congress in the same period. Would it be possible to collect the same ...
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If the DUP is no longer in a “confidence and supply arrangement” can the UK Government still govern?

on Monday, the DUP abstained on the first two votes on the Finance Bill, and eight DUP lawmakers voted against the government in a third vote, on an amendment to the bill proposed by the opposition ...
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Why are the 2019 elections an objection to extending Article 50?

Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl was interviewed in Newsnight recently. When asked whether she could support a hypothetical request from the UK to extend Article 50, she did not immediately ...
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Why not combine a high electoral threshold with proportional representation and transferable vote to achieve stable governments without wasted votes?

In Turkey, the electoral threshold is set at 10% which allows for stable governments/coalitions but creates a lot of wasted votes. On the other hand in the Netherlands there is no threshold at all ...
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Why is counting election totals more difficult than lottery administration?

This may seem like a rant. But I will show a few point of similarity which will show that it is an actual question. First, states administer lotteries. Just as states administer both state and ...
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Can both US Senators from a state be elected at the same time?

I understand the US constitution mandates three rolling 'classes' of nearly equal numbers of Senators be elected every two years, each for 6 year terms. The convention has been to not elect both ...
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What was the popular vote in the US 2018 House election?

Does anyone know where I can find figures for the total votes cast by party in the US 2018 House elections? I've been unable to locate them.
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How can we find representatives from specific cities?

I would like to know U.S. House of Representatives from Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles in 1980. I know districts and city boundaries do not overlap, but is there any way to know them?
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What is the main disagreement between Palestinian groups?

Based on Wikipedia, there was supposed to be an election for the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2014, but it has been postponed because of disagreements between Fatah, and Hamas. What are their ...
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Why do so many people in the US vote for different parties for the House and the Senate?

I cannot wrap my head around why so many people in the US seemingly(?) vote for different parties (Democrats vs Republicans) in the elections for the House vs the Senate? In the Senate the ...
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Why are some precincts so slow to report after an election?

After every US election, in seemingly every state, there are a handful of precincts that are very slow to report. Sometimes they are several hours or even days behind the majority of precincts in ...
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Where are detailed results of New York State elections available?

Where can I find published the official election results for New York State (USA)? We just had an election which included many NY State offices (as well as federal US) but their results are very hard ...
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On the Washington Times election page, why does Wyoming's icon have no stars? [closed]

On the Washington Times election page there is a "State Tracker" panel with links to each state's results: Each icon has a motif comprising blue and red fields with white stars on the blue field. I ...
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Oklahoma: Can I still vote in person if I received an absentee ballot but did not return it?

I signed up to receive a absentee ballots near the beginning of the year. You have the choice to receive them for one election date or all dates that year, and I selected all dates. I've since moved ...
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How does a provisional ballot protect vote anonymity?

Whenever a US election approaches, I hear about the existence of provisional ballots: a provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter's eligibility that ...
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Why is the consensus that the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms?

I have seen numerous reports that describe how the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms. Where does this confidence spring from?
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Term for the trend where a political party does worse in State elections when holding power Federally

In Australia it's well-known (see, for example, here) that a party that holds power at Federal level will - all other things being equal - tend to hold a disadvantage in State elections. Similarly, ...
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How do I find out what political party a state Supreme Court justice is affiliated with when it's hidden from public

Judges hide their political party affiliations from voters when running for election in WA State Supreme Court Justice positions. I know they're not supposed to be partisan, but much of their work is ...
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Can a person be elected to a Minnesota state office if there are fewer votes for them than blank votes?

On my ballot for Minnesota are a lot of state-level positions (judges, a representative, county sheriff) where the incumbent is running unopposed. If there are fewer votes for them than blank votes, ...
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Can a political party prevent their members from running for office?

Can a political party prevent their members for running for office. For example, if a political party does not want to contest a seat for a some reason, can they forbid their members from running? I ...
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Why are there only 36 US states with governor elections this November?

Why are there only 36 US governor seats up for election in November 2018?
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Has social security been less volatile than other investments? [closed]

Social security benefits vary unpredictably by cohort, eligibility, etc. Yet something like a rental property or dividend stock produces basically the same income all the time. Is there any evidence ...
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In 2016, why did the GOP win the House popular vote while Clinton won the popular vote?

Is there an intuitive reason why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote amongst people voting for President, yet the GOP won the popular vote amongst people voting for their Representative in the House? ...
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Why did so many Swedish raised in other Scandinavia countries vote for Sweden Democrats?

According to the result on the recent election in Sweden, the largest support for the Sweden Democrats party comes from the cohort Raised in Scandinavia outside of Sweden, at 36%. This is higher than ...
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Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to suppress the right to vote for minorities. Are there cases where the modern Democratic party (ie post Jim Crow) is accused of suppressing the right ...
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To what extent did Dilma Rousseff's impeachment increase Jair Bolsonaro's chances to be president?

On October 2014, Dilma Rousseff got reelected as president of Brazil (wiki article on it). One year later, an impeachment against her started and by August 2016 she was removed from office. All the ...
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Why is the US presidential election typically viewed as a bigger deal than the midterm elections?

From my understanding of US politics, Congress / the legislative branch has more power than the President / the executive branch. Doesn't this mean that the midterm elections are far more important ...
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Is arresting an opposition leader right before elections can be considered pre-poll rigging? [closed]

Opposition leader is arrested a week prior to elections in Pakistan. Can that be considered as pre poll rigging?
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Why is Obama releasing his 2018 endorsements in “waves?”

Today, former U.S. President Barack Obama released a second round of endorsements for the 2018 midterm elections in a tweet, including this text: Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic ...
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How do we know U.S. elections are free and fair with accurate counting of the popular votes?

People speculate that votes are not properly counted -- even in the U.S. Have Gallup polls or well-respected independent entities tried to confirm U.S. election outcomes? Update on 10/13/18: ...
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Why does partisanship trump concerns about hypocrisy with voters?

Politicians are routinely hypocritical in support of partisan ends. I'll provide a few examples to demonstrate what I mean: When their party's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court is facing ...