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Why is it legal for a candidate to fund raise for a PAC, given that PACs aren't supposed to coordinate with them?

For example, Joe Biden recently visited Seattle and one could attend the event in exchange for a donation ranging from $500 to $25,000. Most of the donation goes to the "Biden Victory Fund" ...
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Has a party in the UK ever won parliament while losing the popular vote?

It is at least theoretically possible for a party to win a majority in parliament while an opposing party wins a majority of the popular vote. There are 650 seats in Commons, and an average of about ...
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Are US state political parties required to nominate the most popular candidates in their local primaries/caucases? [closed]

Do US state political parties have the freedom to arbitrarily decide which candidate ends up the nominee? Does that restriction/freedom hold at the national party level as well?
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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

Since the 2024 UK local elections were held last week, Rishi Sunak has claimed that the general election result is "not a foregone conclusion", and that there may be a hung parliament at the ...
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Is Ecuador v. Mexico the first 'elections interference' case at the ICJ?

CNN: Ecuador also accused Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of interfering in Ecuadorian politics, by making “false and injurious statements” that questioned the legitimacy of last year’...
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Why do AAP do well in local election but not in general election of Delhi?

In the 2015 and 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections, AAP(Aam Aadmi Party) got 67/70 and 62/70 seats respectively. It is a landslide victory. However, in similar periods, in the 2014 and 2019 ...
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TINA problem in democracies: has it been studied? [closed]

Many modern democracies seem to have the TINA problem : There Is No Alternative. For example, in the US - its Biden vs Trump. TINA anyone else. In India, its either corrupt Modi or a coalition of ...
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Voter turnout and confidence in results

A vote in my university had 2800 eligible voters, 16.8% turnout, and 54.7% of yays. Many people on both sides are wondering if the small electorate, low turnout, and narrow margin means the results ...
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Who are the weird characters behind George Galloway in his Rochdale elections victory speech?

Recently, George Galloway won the Parliamentary by-elections for the constituency of Rochdale. In his otherwise-solemn speech following the announcement of the results, there are a few colorful ...
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What Is The Actual Step-By-Step Informal Process of How A Regular Citizen Becomes A Congressmen?

In the case of the executive branch, there is an incredible difference between what someone needs to do/be to become president "on paper" (I.e, Being 35, being a natural-born citizen that ...
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Have other countries raised serious concerns on Pakistan elections?

Recently Pakistan concluded elections for its National Assembly and provincial assemblies. I have seen the US and UK official statements on these elections raising concerns on fairness. The European ...
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What's the point of US presidential polls that poll people in general rather than dividing them by state?

I went on to this website https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/national/ to see recent presidential polls because I am interested in having an idea of who would win the ...
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What does North Korea gain from making voting compulsory?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting What does North Korea gain by making voting compulsory? North Korea doesn't have a democracy, and yet, it practices compulsory voting. What does North ...
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Are there any examples of elected bodies where representatives with equal titles have actually different "weight" to their votes?

A common theme in electoral reform is adjusting the way representatives are selected using the results of an election: multi-member districts, ranked-choice-voting, party-proportional representation, ...
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What range of rules are used in major democracies to limit candidate eligibility for high office?

These two recent questions partially cover the "who is eligible to stand for office" question: Is there a precedent in Western countries where a state court has prohibited a candidate from ...
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Is there a correlation between government responsiveness to individual/voter concerns and subsequent reduction in policy demands?

In democratic states, is there a correlation between government responsiveness to individual concerns and subsequent reduction in policy demands? I am curious because recent polsci papers on ...
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In Ranked-choice voting, are exhausted ballots removed from the total vote count for subsequent rounds?

Original question: Oregon will be voting on the use of Ranked-choice voting in 2024, and I am preparing a presentation for interested local community groups to demonstrate how the process will operate....
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Is it legal in the US to offer a candidate money to drop off a senate race to run against another candidate?

Hill Harper just tweeted this: I didn’t intend for a private phone call to turn public. But now that it has, here’s the truth. One of AIPAC’s biggest donors offered $20m if I dropped out of the U.S. ...
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Has China been caught trying to manipulate the elections in other countries than Taiwan?

Although senior Taiwan officials, including the head of the National Security Council, Wellington Koo, have this year warned that China could try to sway the presidential and legislative elections ...
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Have there been any successful voter turnout campaigns that resulted in an election upset?

In a recent local election in New York, turnout was as low as 11% in some districts: Usually, Council elections are held every four years. But once every two decades — thanks to the way the calendar ...
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For countries with a runoff system, how often does the second place candidate end up winning in the second round?

Countries such as France or Argentina have an election system where the top two candidates proceed to a final runoff round. Historically speaking and across all (or a large number of) such countries, ...
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What was the rationale for resetting Putin’s presidential term count in 2020?

According to Wikipedia, “this limitation has since been overhauled in large part due to the constitutional amendments that were ratified in 2020. One of the amendments passed reset the terms of both ...
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What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election?

What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election? I have looked in many places online and could not find them (if they were published)
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In Poland, can one vote in a different constituency (without doing any prior paperwork or moving)? How does this work?

My understanding was that in most elections around the world, one must vote in the constituency that one is resides in or is registered in. To vote somewhere else, one must do some paperwork and/or ...
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Gerrymandering, Efficiency Gap Formula [closed]

I have a problem in which I have two parties. Party 1 is Purple. Party 2 is Yellow. There are a total of 135 votes. Purple has 75 of them while yellow has 60. There are 9 districts total. Each ...
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How does the CCP prevent the minority parties from obtaining too many seats and is there a hard cap on how many seats they can get?

While only the CCP holds effective power at the national level, there are officially eight minor parties that exist alongside the CCP.[2] Founded before the proclamation of the People's Republic of ...
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Are there prominent persons who expressed a believe that a government run by people chosen by sortition is more effective than a typical democracy?

Wikipedia's page on the history of sortition explained that some people believe that sortition solves the problems associated with representative democracies. Are there any scholars, politicians, ...
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How do parties really choose candidates in the US?

When I was growing up, I was under the impression that America’s candidates for President or Congress are chosen by primary elections. After watching the news more carefully, I later got the ...
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What Is Behind The Puzzling Timing of the U.S. House Vacancy Election In Utah?

U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R), of Utah's 2nd Congressional District, will resign on September 15, 2023, citing his wife's health concerns. A special election will be held on November 21, 2023, ...
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Does Germany hold by-elections?

I understand at a high level how the Mixed Member system used in German general elections works during the general election. Pages such as Electoral Reform cover this area reasonably well. What I don'...
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Exploring the causal mechanisms between democratization and economy growth

I have been reading a lot recently on a classic polsci question on the relationship between democratization and economic outcomes(see Boix & Stokes, 2003; Coppedge, in press; Epstein, Bates, ...
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Why does nobody seem to care about the municipal elections in Maharashtra?

Maharashtra is a major Indian state, home to the richest city Mumbai. Almost all of the municipal corporations in Maharashtra have elections overdue for over a year now (i.e. should have taken place ...
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Do more legislative seats make Gerrymandering harder?

In a system of single member districts, elected for an entire legislative body all at once, is it easier to gerrymander the map to favor one party over another in a two party system, with more ...
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How can Herbert Kickl be "the odds-on favorite" with a "personal approval rating.. among the lowest of any Austrian politician’s"?

Politico.eu's June 6 2023 Watch out Ukraine, here comes the Hungaro-Austrian Empire begins: VIENNA — Austrian politician Herbert Kickl is a pro-Russian, anti-American conspiracy theorist who ...
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Turkish elections: How to explain the anomalous fingerprints

On 14th of May, millions of Turkish voters went to the polls to cast their votes in the parliamentary elections. Recently, the official results were published in the website of the Supreme Election ...
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How do "opposition parties" in the North Korean parliament get their seats?

When looking at Wikipedia, I noticed that the Parliament of North Korea has multiple parties in the Parliament besides the Workers' Party, united under one coalition. From the question Is there ...
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What does social/public-choice theory have to say about plural v. unitary executive?

There are many state-level offices in the US that are elected by the people other than the legislature and the Governor, in the executive (Treasurer, Controller, Attorney General, Secretary, oil & ...
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How did the adoption of compulsory voting in Australia impact the partisan balance there?

Compulsory voting was introduced in Australia: for state elections in Queensland in 1915, excluding Indigenous Australians. Victoria introduced compulsory voting in 1926, New South Wales and Tasmania ...
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Will we know after the election how many people are denied a vote because of the new ID rules?

In the UK on Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections are taking place across England. To vote at a polling station, you will need to bring photo ID. This is a new law introduced by the current ...
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Is Norway a rentier and resource-dependent country?

I have been reading a lot on the rentier state literature and have noticed that papers published in the last two decades focus on the typical rentier cases such as Saudi Arabia or Venezuela. However, ...
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Can the CSU circumvent the new election laws of Germany?

The German Bundestag changed the election laws today. The CSU could now face the following situation at the next general election: They win nearly all constituencies in Bavaria, but they only get 4,9% ...
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Indian PLI Manufacturing scheme

Indian govt has announced Production Linked Incentive schemes (PLI) to boost manufacturing sector growth in India. As it can be seen it is biased towards capital-intensive industries. What could be ...
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What is an example of a political process in which every person’s vote amounts to something?

One of the most common grievances against elections is that it doesn’t matter if you vote because it won’t make a difference how the world is or significantly sway the outcome of an election. What is ...
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Requirements for citizens living outside the US to vote in elections

In the United States, people who are not residents of individual states cannot vote in federal elections for President, Senators, and Representatives. However, US troops stationed overseas are allowed ...
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Aren't PMs resigning months before the end of their term tactically beneficial to their successors?

I can't help recognising a pattern in the last week's resignation of Jacinda Ardern less than a year before the end of her 2nd term: John Key did the same near the end of his 3rd. What happens next is ...
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In the Dutch senate elections, how is the weighting for the electoral college for non-residents determined?

In The Netherlands, the Senate is elected by members of the provincial parliaments as well as the electoral colleges for the Senate, where the electoral colleges represent voters who do not live in a ...
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What was the nature of the sanctions that Arizona secretary of state and Governor-elect Katie Hobbs asked to be placed on Kari Lake?

The title of Axios' December 27, 2022 Arizona judge rules out sanctions against Kari Lake but orders $33,000 in fees states the outcome of Katie Hobbs's request (petition?) against Kari Lake. On the ...
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What if votes were open declarations?

Just hypothetically, what if an election involved the voting agency thoroughly compiling a registry of every citizen in the country and somehow trying to regularly confirm that they existed and were ...
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How can two tied candidates in a New Hampshire House race "share the seat"?

In the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the election for Rochester Ward 4 ended in a tie between Republican David Walker and Democrat Chuck Grassie, following a recount. Republican David ...
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History of a single party winning majority of legislative seats under proportional representation system?

A single political party winning majority of legislative seats is - in theory - very difficult under proportional representation system. Examples I am aware: Portugal 2022: The Socialist Party won ...
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