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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 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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Problem of horse trading on the floor of parliament [duplicate]

In mostly countries horse trading becoming a major desease and it’s a insult of public voters . What are the things through which control the horse trading?? I means horse trading is that when the ...
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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? [on hold]

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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How come Democrats declare win before the end of the election? [closed]

While the election shows for the "House" elections shows 175 Democrats vs 168 Republicans Why are they so confident they win? Isn't it possible that they may lose there are still many counties to ...
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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 ...
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Do any theories justify majoritarian election outcomes?

At legislative elections, parties can experience different biases in the translation of votes to seats. Grofman, Koetzle, and Brunell published a taxonomy of these biases (Malapportionment, turnout ...
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Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US?

Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US? I voted for the presidential elections in 2016, do I need to register to vote for ...
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For a provincial election, how long after the voting are the results given out in Canada?

What are the timings for provincial elections in Canada. If the elections conclude at say, 7pm today, when will the results be declared? And how long after the results do the winning candidates ...
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Legality of “seat sharing” in congressional districts

Define a "shared" congressional district system to be one where in any district the top two candidates are elected and each get a fractional vote in Congress according to their share of the vote. E.g....
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How does the Alliance motivate their claim to have a mandate (Swedish parliamentary elections, 2018)?

The Swedish parliamentary elections, 2018 has resulted in a deadlock: The centre-left Red-Green block, outgoing minority government, has 144 seats (was: 159). The centre-right Alliance block, ...
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What is the Russian public's view on the US claims of interference in the 2016 US election?

Does anyone know of any rigorous study of the Russian public view on what happened in the 2016 US Presidential election? There is a wide consensus, in the US, that top members of the Russian ...
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Who pays the costs for presidential preference “elections” in caucus states (US)?

As I understand it, typically the costs of conducting a presidential primary election (renting facilities, use of voting machines, labor cost of county election officials and county poll workers, etc) ...
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Which factors most strongly impact voter turnout in the U.S.?

Empirically, which factors most strongly impact voter turnout in the U.S.? Are they the same for all political parties? Clarification: I am not asking if one political party has greater turnout ...
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How do Google Trends results correlate with the actual party support?

Has anyone studied the correlation between party support in elections and Google Trends results? What is the conclusion? Especially I'm interested in the situation in Finland.
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Is the US-based observation that “the larger the proportion of minorities, the more exclusionary the electoral system” generalizable?

Trebbi et al. (2008) have observed that (in the US): Majorities tend to disenfranchise minorities through strategic manipulation of electoral rules. With the aim of explaining changes in electoral ...
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Is paying for ex-staff's silence a legal use of campaign funds?

The Trump administration reportedly requires outgoing staff members to sign NDAs (NYT).1,2 Also reported, these agreements provide the staff member a $15,000 per month payment (NYT) for their silence. ...
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Has Israel interfered in US Elections?

According to a July 2018 Independent article, Noam Chomsky said that Israel interfered in US election(s): Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “brazenly” interfering in US electoral ...
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Was attending the meeting by Trump Jr., Kushner or Manafort, an “act to effect the object of the conspiracy” within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 371?

18 U.S. Code § 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United ...
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Does the Trump tower meeting differ from standard opposition research?

As events of the Trump tower meeting unfold, President Trump has repeatedly cast the meeting in the light of a typical attempt at opposition research. Previously he has said: "I think from a ...
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What are some horror stories of electoral fraud happening due to electronic voting in otherwise established democracies?

The media is replete with stories of vulnerabilities [real or potential] having been discovered [or likely to exist] in electronic voting machines. What I want to ask here is: what are some of the ...
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Numerical estimates of the effect of fake news on the outcome of elections?

I found a fascinating study, (Social Media, Sentiment and Public Opinions: Evidence from #Brexit and #USElection by Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Tho Pham, Oleksandr Talavera, 2018), which gave numerical ...
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What explains the huge difference between UKIP's high-watermark in EU vs UK elections?

On one hand, UKIP came 1st among British parties in the 2014 MEP election with 24 seats, representing 32.9% of British seats. They even came first in the popular vote in that contest with 26.6% of ...
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Why do we still need elected representatives? [closed]

My understanding is that back in the day, before the internet, there was no way for everyone to gather around, and vote on a bill, so we would have representatives do it for us. Today, we could ...
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How does the discrepancy between exit polls and results in recent US elections compare to pre-electronic machine margins?

Question Before we used electronic voting machines, were the discrepancies between exit polls and results in swing states different? I'm simply looking for this information so I can draw my own ...
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Who are the leading scholars explaining why people vote as the do? [closed]

In democratic electoral politics, individual vote choices are central to explaining electoral outcomes. There are at least two ideas that have percolated from scholarship into the popular ...
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What is Imran Khan's position regarding Pakistan-US relations?

In the 2018 General Elections of Pakistan held yesterday, Imran Khan has emerged as the new leader with his party winning some 115 seats in the Parliament. What is his stance on the US and the ...
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Why can't local representatives be chosen directly in proportional voting by selecting the top ranking candidates in each district?

There is an interesting article on Policynote.ca explaining the requirements for a good voting system: Proportionality: Any new electoral system must provide for generally proportional results,...
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Are there any high profile candidates that debate with the aid of the internet?

In any democratic countries, are there examples of high profile political candidates that enter public debates with explicit use of internet resources in real time? The following are some ...
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Given Putin's widespread support, why cheat in elections?

It's generally agreed that there was cheating in the Russian presidential elections, with the aim of increasing the number of votes for Vladimir Putin. There were widespread irregularities, and in ...