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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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What happens if not all ballots cast by mail arrive in time to be counted for the November elections?

I know this is a worst-case scenario, but the fact is that these three issues will happen concurrently during election season: Louis Dejoy, the new postmaster general and a major donor of Trump, has ...
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What would Russia have to gain from interfering with the US presidential election?

There were quite a few allegations that Russia interfered, or at least tried to interfere, with the 2016 US presidential election, and new allegations have started to appear that similar interference ...
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Did New Hampshire pick the losing Democratic candidate three times in a row from 2008 to 2020?

I have been thinking about something that I read on the Wikipedia page for the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary: "This was the third consecutive contested Democratic primary in which New ...
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Why do Black voters in the USA not vote Republican? [duplicate]

This research by the Pew Institute breaks down demographic voting data from the 2016 election. Pew found that Hillary Clinton (Democrat) won Black voters by an 80% margin (88% to 8%). Is there any ...
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Why don't parties run primary elections instead of the government? [duplicate]

Why does the government run primary elections instead of the parties?
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Can Trump force Congress to delay the Nov. 3, 2020 general US elections?

This is related to today's news that Trump mentioned the idea of delaying the election in one of his tweets. I understand that the president cannot legally change the election date, but according to ...
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Who would become president if the election were delayed past January 20?

President Trump tweeted the possibility of delaying the US general elections. He doesn't have the ability to delay the election on his own. Here's what the Constitution says on the matter: The Times, ...
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Why are Deep South states said to vote so lop-sidedly Republican, when they have high percentages of African Americans?

States like Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, have in the range of 40% African Americans, who, from what I can tell, vote about 90% Democrat. Yet these states vote reliably Republican. What is the ...
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Why doesn't the USA Republican Party (GOP) bother to run for mayor in some cities?

I was doing a little research regarding elections and I notice that the GOP hasn't made an attempt for mayor positions in some cities, like in Portland or Atlanta. Why is that? According to Wikipedia ...
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Is there a swing map of 2017 Senate and 2016 President in Alabama?

I want to see a picture of a county-level swing map of the 2017 Senate election for Alabama relative to the 2016 presidential election. This is to see how many points the election swung in Democrat ...
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What are “Faithless Electors” in the US Electoral College?

Regarding the Supreme Court's decision to curb ‘Faithless Electors’, I began researching how exactly the Electoral College works. Then I read this NY Times article on how the Electoral College works, ...
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In the 2020 constitutional referendum, what factors explain the low approval in Nenets Autonomous Okrug?

In the 2020 Russian constitutional referendum, official reports state that Russia-wide, 78% of voters approved and 22% rejected the new constitution. I noticed that in one federal subject, according ...
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Can Trump stay in offices if he loses the election? [duplicate]

A Newsweek article: “How Trump Could Lose the Election– and Still Remain President.” Is it possible for Trump, if he loses the election, to claim election fraud and have the results thrown out so ...
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Was Ruben Diaz presumptively defeated? [closed]

Ruben Diaz appears to have been defeated in the primary. Ruben Diaz is a highly conservative Democrat who rolled eyebrows by running in what is said to be the bluest district. I am calling the race ...
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Are Democratic voters more firm in their voting preferences?

I am wondering whether Democrats are more firm in their voting patterns. What I mean by this is actually going out to vote. I mean only voting for the party they're registered with. (This doesn't ...
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Assuming Trump wins only the states with Republican governors, what will be the outcome of the 2020 election?

Assuming Trump wins only the states with Republican governors, and the states that divide their electoral votes follow their 2016 patterns, what will be the outcome of the 2020 election?
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What are the reasons for the date of Election Day?

As far as I can tell, the date of Election Day in the US was set in 1845: the electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed in each State on the Tuesday next after the first Monday ...
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Why is Trump's approval dropping in mid-year 2020? [closed]

I remember that you said that I should not write about this a while back because it was a statistically insignificant event at the time. But, it continued. I asked about why the rally 'round the flag ...
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Is the coattail effect getting stronger?

I have heard that the coattails effect is where a candidate gets elected because the president is popular in the area they want to represent. I feel like it is getting stronger over time. Ticket ...
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New Jersey 2014 senate votes by municipality?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/2014_NJ_US_Senate_results_by_muni.svg I was not able to find the vote total for this town. I live in New Jersey and I want to see the vote increase ...
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Which congressional districts were won by over 40 points by either party in the 2016 presidential election?

I am curious about congressional districts in the 2016 election, and I want to know which ones were won by Clinton or Trump by over 40 points. I am doing this to analyze the difference in margin of ...
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Are US elections won by a majority of people?

In The Hidden Election (1981), American conservative political activist and commentator Paul Weyrich was quoted as saying: So many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome: good ...
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What is the procedure for calling a recount in a General Election?

In 2017, the constituency of North East Fife underwent three recounts, eventually leading to the SNP candidate being elected with a majority of just two votes. The initial result would have seen the ...
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Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted the same way as in the midterms?

Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted for the same party as in the House elections in the previous midterm? If so, when was it? And, if there has never been as of writing,...
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How do different outlets count votes in different ways and have diferent margins at different times on election day?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHl2tU40ibs In this Election night coverage (link duly posted above) it is said that different outlets "count in different ways" and that different outlets have ...
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Has a tied vote ever happened in a UK Parliamentary election?

I'm aware that if a vote is tied in an election, then a tie-breaker is conducted which leaves the result to chance. As far as I know in recent years this has only occurred in local council elections; ...
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Can members of the public attend UK General Election ballot counts?

Coverage of UK election nights is usually interspersed with footage of ballot counts, along with the result declarations in individual constituencies. The image below shows an example of one of these ...
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What explains the record turnout in South Korea's elections, despite coronavirus fears?

On April 15th, South Korea held parliamentary elections, which resulted in a large victory for the incumbent President's Minjoo party. Fears of infection due to the COVID-19 pandemic have ...
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Who is responisble for physically removing a President from the White House if they refuse to leave? [duplicate]

In the United States of America, if the sitting President refuses to leave office after losing an election or getting impeached and convicted, who is responsible for physically removing them from the ...
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Is there a correlation between a President's approval rating on Election day and their share of the Popular Vote during re-election?

I was looking 538's historical approval ratings and I noticed that on the last day of a two-term president's last term, the approval rating was about twice the popular vote margin nationwide. This ...
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Can a UK general election be delayed after Parliament is dissolved?

The UK was scheduled to hold a general election on 7 May 2020 (until the 2017 election was called). If that election were to be scheduled for that date, Parliament would have been dissolved at the ...
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What is the relationship between politicians' electability and physical fitness?

I wasn't able to find any studies which looked at the relationship between a candidate's body shape or physical fitness and their predicted election success. The closest source I could find were ...
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Why did Wisconsin Republicans oppose postponing the April 7th election despite COVID-19 shutting down nearly all polling places?

After last minute, party-line decisions by the US and Wisconsin Supreme Courts, Wisconsin will hold their presidential primary and a hotly-contested Supreme Court election tomorrow (April 7th) despite ...
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Is the correlation between the economy and US political outcomes weakening?

I have heard about the saying “It’s the economy stupid”, but I’m not sure about how true it is now. Let’s use Trump’s approval as an example. Even though there is a “rally around the flag effect” ...
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Why does Chomsky call Pakistan a Punjabi state?

From an interview with Noam Chomsky about his views on elections in Pakistan: Coming to election issues, what do you think, sitting afar and as an observer, are the basic issues that need to be ...
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Are Republican voters more likely to vote a split ticket than Democratic voters?

In a 2016 exit poll I saw that 13 percent of house GOP voters said they voted for Hillary Clinton. Only 10 percent of house Democratic voters said they did the opposite. Was this also true under ...
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Is forming a caretaker government in Singapore unconstitutional and can the constitution be broken in light of the crisis?

I thought on giving some context about Singapore elections: Singapore’s next general election must be, under the constitution, held by April 2021. However, on March 13 2020, the Electoral Boundaries ...
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Is there any evidence that Brian Kemp “stole” the gubernatorial election in Georgia?

Brian Kemp has been accused by many of "stealing" the 2018 gubernatorial election in Georgia by purging the rolls of those less likely to support him. Is there any strong evidence for this?
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Is there a limit to how long the second round of French mayoral elections can be postponed?

Coronavirus has forced the French government to postpone the second round of local elections: France will postpone the second round of mayoral elections to June 21 due to the coronavirus outbreak, ...
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Is it correct that in the state of Ohio, USA the governor can demand the legislature meet for an emergency session?

As I was following all the drama of the Ohio election suspension yesterday, there were several articles about the initial lawsuit supported by the government. Many of these articles have already been ...
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Why did the French government not cancel elections because of Covid-19?

France held local elections even after coronavirus related restrictions had to be put in place. The article mentions only this rather general and vague reason for holding them: Macron decided to ...
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Can US Presidential and Congressional elections be postponed in a case of emergency? [duplicate]

Currently several states are postponing Presidential primaries and in theory Presidential/Congress elections might need to be postponed as well if the epidemic persists. Is there a contingency plan ...
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Who would be awarded the nomination in the event something happened to the candidate with the most delegates? [duplicate]

Let's use the current situation: Sanders and Bernie are the top 2 leaders for the DNC and it looks like Biden might win. Would Sanders be automatically given the nomination if Biden was declared ...
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Are there some international laws which are used to govern election processes in all democracies?

For example, it would be naive to suppose that all the laws of an election process in USA are the same as those in Croatia. So, it seems it is better to suppose that there are some laws specific for ...
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What caused Mike Bloomberg to win American Samoa?

What were the factors that led Mike Bloomberg to win the Democratic caucus in American Samoa?
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Why do only 14 states participate in Super Tuesday?

Super Tuesday will be on March 3, 2020. Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and ...
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Has a political campaign ever been “suspended”, only to go on and later win the election?

As a follow up to Why do primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are "suspending" their campaign when they exit it? - are there examples of politicians initially "suspending" ...
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What benefit is there to pulling out of the presidential race before Super Tuesday?

In the last couple of days, in the wake of the South Carolina primary, first Pete Buttigieg & now Amy Klobuchar have "suspended" their campaigns. This has come notably just before Super Tuesday, ...
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Does Pakistan play a disproportionate role in Indian elections compared to the role India plays in Pakistani elections?

This question is inspired by this tweet, by the NYT South Asia correspondent Maria Abi-Habib: I'm always surprised by how big a role Pakistan plays in Indian elections. The BJP is now making Delhi ...
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What difference did the Brexit Party's decision to stand down in Conservative seats make to the result of the 2019 General Election?

On the 11th of November - a month before the general election - the leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, announced that the party would not field candidates in seats that had been won in the ...

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