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Requirements to stand for election. These may include a minimum age, citizenship, residency, or other criteria.

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Why are there no basic qualifications for a prime minister or any minister post in India?

For any job, there are certain qualifications and requirements the candidate shall furnish, but the same is not true for ministers or politicians. Why are there no basic qualifications for a prime ...
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If a US citizen were born on US military base abroad, would they be considered as born on US soil and thus eligible to be elected US president?

As we know, the US Constitution provides that only a US citizen born on US soil can be elected US president. How about a hypothetical scenario of a US citizen born on a US military base abroad?
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How is the minimum age of candidacy for the Senate enforced?

According to this US Senate article, it can be enforced by the Senate. Could the Senate just not remove them? Or would that go to the courts? I remember something-or-other about the sovereign right of ...
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Georgia Secretary of State's power to enforce the 14th amendment of the US constitution re. deny Marjorie Taylor Green's right to run for re-election?

In CNN's Attorney grills Marjorie Taylor Greene about her false stolen election remarks at about 03:35 reporter Amara Walker says: Now the judge is expected to make a decision early next month on ...
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Can a person be elected U.S. President if his birthplace became part of the U.S. after he was born? [duplicate]

The person I have in mind is Barack Obama, who was born in Hawaii in 1961, two years after it became the 50th state in 1959. Suppose he had been born in 1957 (my birth year) that is, before Hawaii ...
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Why are term limits more lax in the legislature? [closed]

While many democratic countries impose term limits on their heads of government, legislative members usually enjoy much more lax rules, and often there is simply no term limit at all for ...
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Can an extra nomination in the French presidential election prevent a person's candidacy?

In order to be a candidate in a French presidential election, a person must obtain at least 500 "présentations" or "parrainages" from among tens of thousands of elected ...
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Can one run for House and Senate at the same time?

I am wondering about the idea of a senator running for the House of Represenatives because their senate seat is endangered. There are different reasons someone might want to do this. One could be ...
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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

According to Presidential eligibility conditions, a President can serve if they are at least 35 years old: be a natural-born U.S. citizen of the United States; be at least 35 years old; be ...
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For how long could UK opposition parties prevent new elections?

The UK government right now is nowhere close to having the majority of seats. They really need new elections, which at the moment IMO are not in the interest of the opposition. If the government ...
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Can a U.S. Presidental candidate skip or avoid registering for the ballot in any given state?

Can a U.S. presidential candidate successfully run for national office without being on the ballot in one or more states? For example, recently some U.S. states have adopted requirements for ...
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Could a US citizen born through "birth tourism" become President?

A few years back, there was a lot of news coverage of the increase in "birth tourism". Basically, people would come to the US very late in their pregnancy to have children with US citizenship, and ...
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In the US, can a former president run again?

In the US, can a former president run for president again, at a later time? Does it matter, whether his first presidency was one or two terms? Note: This is inspired from the TV Series "Designated ...
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Lying in election affidavits

The former education minister of India, Smriti Irani has been caught lying in her previous election affidavits about her educational qualifications. She had at times, claimed to be a Yale graduate, a ...
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Why do laws restrict voting rights for felons long after their sentence is served?

In some states in the US convicted felons cannot vote, hold public office or serve on a jury, even though they completed their sentences many years ago and have not reoffended since. This seems ...
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Do any parliamentary systems have term limits?

The USA and many other countries have term limits for the office of the President. On the other hand, some heads of government in (European) parliamentary systems have remained in power for a long ...
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Result if a sitting president was found ineligible by surprise discovery of origin

What happens if, after a few years, a sitting President was found in a surprise revelation, and through no fault of their own, to have been utterly ineligible for that office because of both where ...
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How to better ensure no conflict with laws of the United States for a person wanting to run for public office [closed]

If the only qualifications to be eligible for the President of the United States of America is that of: Be a natural-born U.S. citizen Be at least 35 years old Have resided in the U.S. at least 14 ...
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What are the projected changes in Knesset if electoral barrier is lowered from 3.25% to 2%?

There are reports that Israel's government is planning to change electoral barrier 3.25% to 2%. Theoretically, this could siphon influence from larger parties to smaller splinter parties (the example ...
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What are the downsides of requiring demographic quotas in parliament?

What are the downsides of requiring demographic quotas in parliament? (For example, if women are 50% of the population, you create a system where 50% of parliament positions are female.)
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What’s the point of a party running with a list in the federal election if it cannot possibly pass the electoral threshold?

This question is about the German federal election. Through a series of weird events, I learnt about the existence of a minor party called Magdeburger Gartenpartei, which apparently focusses only on ...
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How come Lord Buckethead could stand for election pseudonymously?

In the British general election of 2017, "Lord Buckethead" stood in the constituency of Maidenhead. Buckethead is a pseudonym. I understand Buckethead's identity is not public knowledge: Buckethead,...
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When can the first Mexican mayors be reelected?

Historically, mayors in Mexico were limited to a single 3-year term and could not run for reelection. In 2014, Mexico amended the Constitution, extending the term limit to two terms. When will be the ...
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Why are closed, taxpayer-funded primaries Constitutional?

In the United States, primary elections are publicly-funded (I had trouble finding a direct citation for this but top Google hits are in general agreement that taxpayers pay most if not all the costs)....
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What's the justification behind having a minimum age for politicians that is higher than the minimum age for voters?

The minimum age for being elected to the position of a US senator is 30, while the minimum age for voters is 18. Similar restrictions exist for legislators in other countries, with a few exceptions. ...
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Why do countries have term limits on presidents and prime ministers?

In some countries, the elected leader can only run for 2 mandates (terms) in a row. I'm curious about the reason behind that. Any ideas?
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Do any countries other than Azerbaijan have education requirements for a national elected office?

While researching an answer for another question, I discovered that the constitution of Azerbaijan requires a presidential candidate to have a university degree. This seemed unique to me. What other ...
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What is the typical error in large vote counts?

Well the EU referendum happened in the UK and there was some talk about what happens if the result is a tie, or if it is very close. Apparently, there would not be a recount unless there was a ...
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Can Bernie Sanders be a write-in candidate if he does not win the primaries?

Every source I can find says most states require an individual to register to be a write-in candidate for their votes to be tallied. So, has Bernie registered, or does the fact that he ran in the ...
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Is there a term limit for prime minister of Pakistan?

Is there a maximum limit for the number of terms a person can serve as the Prime Minister of Pakistan?
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Are there any countries where non-citizen can become president?

In many countries only citizens can run for president. In the USA in particular there has been some indications of introducing changes to the rules such that naturalized citizens can run for ...
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When does the US president have to be 35 year old?

The Constitution only says that one needs to have "attained to the Age of thirty five Years" to be "eligible to the Office of President". So, do you need to have your 35th birthday: On or before the ...
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On what grounds can President Obama run for a third time?

Only one president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, has ever served more than two terms. A while ago President Obama has announced that he will not run a third time and said: "even if the 22nd Amendment ...
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Requirements for creating a new political party in USA

What are the registration requirements for a new federal political party in the USA?
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Question about how representatives get elected to congress

I am looking for a label to a political system. Right now, each state is apportioned a certain number of representatives in the House based on population. Texas gets 36 representatives, so there are ...
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Is 75 years too old to run for president? [closed]

For example, Bernie Sanders would have been 75 years old if he ran as a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Would that have made him unfit to be president because of his old age? I believe it ...
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Can the spouse of a sitting President run for President themselves?

Are there any rules that would prevent the spouse of a sitting US President from running for office themselves? For example, if Michelle Obama wanted to run for President in the 2016 election, could ...
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Nationally-mandated term limits for mayors?

Are there any countries that impose term limits for mayors? Are there any good arguments in favour of such a rule? I could only find some links about the ambiguous situation in Portugal,
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Can Bloomberg run again in the future, or is the 3-term limit absolute?

What I mean is, are Mayors of NYC limited to three consecutive terms, or three terms in their lifetime? I couldn't find any answer to this question anywhere. Could Bloomberg run again in another 4 ...
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Can a foreign-born adopted child become President of the United States?

Can a foreign-born adopted child of an American family become President of the United States? The relevant text, from Article 2, Section 1 of the US constitution says: No Person except a natural ...
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Where have non-consecutive term limits been used? What were the results?

Good arguments are made both for and against term limits. I've often wondered about a hybrid system: you can be elected as many times as you can manage it, but never to two terms in a row. This would ...
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Is setting a "low bar" on qualifications for elected office similar around the world?

In the United States the official qualifications for becoming president, as laid out in the Constitution, are incredibly low. The only requirements are that: No Person except a natural born ...
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What are frequently heard arguments in favour or against term limits?

Around the world, many presidents have term limits. For example, a United States president cannot be elected more than two times (normally this means at most eight years of service). On the other ...
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What criteria does a US Presidential candidate need to meet in order to appear on the ballot?

The eligibility requirements to run for the office of President are: You must be a native born citizen You must be at least 35 years of age You must have lived in the US for at least 14 years (...
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