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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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Did only retired people vote in a majority for the Conservatives in the UK 2017 General Election?

I was looking through the wikipedia article for the 2017 general election in the UK, and found these numbers provided by a YouGov poll that broke down the voting results by demographic. Most of the ...
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How does Indonesia's unofficial presidential election tally finish with “head-snapping” speed?

The NPR News item and podcast In Indonesia, Joko Widodo Secures Another 5-Year Term As President says: "Let us reunite as family. Let us strengthen our unity," he said. He urged patience until the ...
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Can a party unilaterally change candidates in preparation for a General election?

Can a political party unilaterally change candidates in the run up to a general election campaign? For example if too many MPs support policy X and this is seen as an electoral risk, can the party ...
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What is the rationale for foreign interference in a democratic election being intrinsically bad?

In Sanders on Trump and the challenge for the left – full transcript (published in the Guardian, which was behind Operation Clark County), Sanders describe Russian interference in the US presidential ...
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Privacy of voting in India

Is the voting process in India really a private affair? Recently, an MLA belonging to the ruling party has threatened voters that Prime Minister Modi has installed cameras in the polling booth ...
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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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Are village-by-village elections results published in Indian General election to the Lok Sabha

Is it possible to find out from published returns, or otherwise, how an individual village voted in the Indian Elections to the Lok Sabha? Maneka Gandhi, one of the sitting MPs in India belonging to ...
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How does BPN found out about the already punctured papers? [on hold]

https://www.msn.com/id-id/berita/pemilu/10-kejanggalan-temuan-surat-suara-tercoblos-versi-partai-nasdem/ar-BBVRbMC?ocid=SK216DHP I think you need google translate for that Basically, someone working ...
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Thai elections and voters of 'unsound mind or of mental infirmity'

According to Wikipedia's page on elections in Thailand, under the 2007 constitution (not the current one) certain people are ineligible to vote (emphasis is mine): Those barred from voting in House ...
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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?

The BBC describes Navalny as Putin's main opposition rival (example article), despite the fact that he has rarely scored over 2% in opinion polls (at least two other opposition candidates score ≥6%). ...
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Have any politicians been elected to the government of two different countries during their career?

After the recent elections in Czech Republic it became apparent that Andrej Babiš is going to become the next Prime Minister of the country. The curious thing about him is that he holds dual Czech-...
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How does having to sign to support someone for elections fit with having a secret ballot?

Where I live (and perhaps in may other place across the world), in order for a party / person to be able to become a candidate in some elections (European Parliament, local, general/parliamentary, ...
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Official reason for postponing announcing the Thai election result?

The BBC reported on the Thai election: Nearly a week after Thailand's election, the first since the coup of 2014, it remains unclear which party could form a government. On Thursday, the ...
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Is there a runoff in the Chicago Mayoral elections when one candidate gets a majority in the first round?

In the recent mayoral election there were 15 or so candidates, with the top 2 going to a runoff. What would have happened if one candidate had received a majority of 51% of the vote in that election, ...
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Running a General Election and the European Elections together

There's talk in the news about the possibility of a General Election being called. If one is called, could the General Election and European Election be run together with a single ballot paper divided ...
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What timezone is the united-states FEC donation deadline measured in?

The United-states FEC deadline for election fund-raising deadlines in 2016 is midnight 10/19/2016. What timezone is this measured in? Eastern midnight? Pacific midnight? Is it the time zone of the ...
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Why is New Hampshire more conservative than Vermont?

Why is Vermont more liberal than New Hampshire. Vermont hasn't had a republican elector since 1988, while New Hampshire did in 2000. Moreover, in 2016 New Hampshire is going/went to Clinton by a mere ...
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European elections and the UK

As far as I know, the UK legislation required in the UK to hold European elections has been revoked. If Brexit gets delayed and the UK is forced to hold European elections, could the elections be held ...
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What would happen if the UK refused to take part in EU Parliamentary elections?

I've seen a lot in the news over the past couple of weeks about the UK having to take part in the EU Parliamentary elections, if they still haven't left the EU by 22 May. For example: BBC Brussel's ...
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How does the German Bundestag election system work?

Can someone describe for me if this election system is a majoritarian system or a system of proportional representation? And how does it work?
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How to explain the importance of European Parliament elections to a regular folk living in Eastern Europe?

European Parliament elections are coming in 2019 and on several occasions I have heard various public figures arguing about their importance and that it is very important to show up and vote. However, ...
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Why aren't EU Parliament elections synced with national election dates?

The turnout for EU elections is getting lower with each electoral cycle, to the point where only 8 EU countries have a turnout of over 50% and only 13% of the voters participated in the last Slovakian ...
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How many people have become eligible to vote in the UK snap election on June 8th 2017 since the last general election?

How many young voters are eligible to vote in the snap general election on June 8th called by Theresa May (if it goes ahead) since the last general election on 7th May, 2015? (or closest date possible)...
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Is Thailand allowing international observers for its 2019 general election?

The 2019 Thai general election is scheduled for the 24th of March. There have been some mixed-messages regarding international observers overseeing the election process. Some examples: In November ...
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Are there any countries that trigger elections upon request rather than schedule?

Forgive me if I'm naive of the election workings of other countries, I tried to find a good synopsis of vote schedule\triggers around the world, but had no success. Here in America, our major ...
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Contesting from multiple places

Why is it allowed for politicians to contest from two places, then is it only limited to two or more than two is allowed? Also once they win both, they will have to resign one place and pick another, ...
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What would a revoked Brexit after the 2019 EU parliament elections mean for the European Parliament?

This is a follow-up of this question: Suppose EU27 grants the UK the extension May has asked for till 2019-06-30. That would mean that the UK would not take part in the 2019 EU parliament elections. ...
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Would a DUP-Conservative alliance breach the Good Friday Agreement?

In Sinn Fein accuses Theresa May of not honouring Good Friday agreement - as it happened: The president of Sinn Fein claims that Theresa May is not honouring the Good Friday Agreement: We told ...
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Why are the 2019 elections an objection to extending Article 50?

Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl was interviewed in Newsnight recently. When asked whether she could support a hypothetical request from the UK to extend Article 50, she did not immediately ...
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Has any election to a national legislature had no candidate stand?

In the recent local elections in the UK one community in Wales had no candidate stand for election to the Powys council. It appears to be not uncommon for House races in the United States to be ...
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A. B, C, or D statistical voting placement on ballot?

In school, we were taught to always pick C in a multiple choice question if unsure. Would being the 3rd choice on a ballot bring any statistical advantage?
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Constitutionally, how is the Thai Prime Minister chosen?

How is the Thai PM chosen in the next (March 2019) election? What is the procedure laid out in the Constitution? Wikipedia provides some information, however, it's not entirely clear to me how that ...
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Can “Fake News” impact an election and did it affect people in the 2016 US Election? [closed]

Can "Fake News" be used as a propaganda tool to strategically impact an elections outcome? Is it proven to change peoples mind regarding what they're voting for?
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How does GDPR affect raising signatures to be able to be a candidate party for an election?

European Parliament elections are coming and the parties and candidates must raise a certain number of signatures in order to participate. One who signs to support a party or candidate must provide ...
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Why are there protests when Abdelaziz Bouteflika was announced as candidate to presidential elections in Algeria?

Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced (or actually - it was announced on his behalf) that he will be running for the next presidential elections in Algeria. This led to massive protests against a senile ...
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Maduro's disputed election as Venezuela president [duplicate]

What is the factual basis for Guaido and his supporters' claim that Maduro's election as president is not valid?
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Who will become Maine Attorney General in January?

Janet Mills will become the next governor of Maine. I believe she is currently the Maine Attorney General. My question is, who becomes the Maine Attorney General on the day she moves office?
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Anti-deceptive electioneering law

In light of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and clandestine Democratic efforts to use deceptive tactics in the recent Alabama senate race, it is clear that social media as a ...
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Why not filter out voters using basic tests? [duplicate]

Before any major election, every potential voter has to prove own suitability to get ability to vote. That would be done with several tests which verify that voter has minimal valuable knowledge. ...
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What safeguards has the DNC added to prevent a situation like what they did to Bernie Sanders in the last election (2016)?

Have there been any safeguards or special rule changes within the DNC to prevent an unfair primary process as with what happened to Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election cycle?
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What are the requirements for a Democratic nomination in primaries?

Who decides how many candidates and which of them will be nominated by the Democratic party in a presidential election?
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Does the number of constituencies in First Past The Post system affect the strength of third parties?

If the number of constituencies in an assembly elected by FPTP was increased from 200 to 500 will that make it easier for third parties to win seats or does it not have any effect?
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Can US Election Schedules be changed in an Emergency?

The US has a large number of elections, mostly on fixed schedulers. Does any provision exist for changing those schedules in an emergency, for example postponing an election during a time of war? Or ...
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Does running dead happen in elections outside of Australia?

In Australia, to “run dead” means to have a candidate run, but deliberately not do any campaigning, in order for your candidate to come third and be able to direct preferences reliably to another ...
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Removal of legislators who fail to discharge accepted manifesto commitments

It is known that elected representatives step down when gross/complete failure of their responsibility occurs. Like owning up responsibility in accidents caused by negligence.. However has there been ...
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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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How exactly does a primary election in Israel (specifically Likud) work?

I've been trying to understand the exact mechanics of how primary elections in Likud party in Israel work. So far I'm on page 3 of Google search and nothing has a meaningful explanation, only details ...
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How are leveling seats chosen in Germany's Bundestag chosen?

In Germany's Bundestag half the MPs are elected by First Past The Post and the other half are elected from party lists. Before an election parties submit regional lists in every state. The lists are ...
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In an MMP system, why don't parties game the system by splitting into two parties?

In New Zealand, we have a Mixed Member Proportional system. Voters have two votes. The electorate vote is used to vote for a candidate to represent their electorate. This vote is determined on a ...
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Can the British public request a General Election?

As some of you may know, as a result of the Panama Papers leak, David Cameron admitted that he profited from his father's Panama offshore trust. Among much confusion and anger, some members of the ...