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Questions tagged [election-requirements]

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

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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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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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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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Educational Requirements for Public 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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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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Register new political party in USA

What are registration requirements for a new federal political party in 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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Could Mrs Obama run for president in 2016?

Would the rules allow a spouse of a sitting president to campaign for office?
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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 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 (...