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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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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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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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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 ...
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Rules for New Hampshire's 1845 Congressional election

The following are the election results (source): The footnote reads: New Hampshire was entitled to four seats in the 29th Congress (1845–1847), but only elected three representatives. Woodbury ...
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Why do the main two US political parties not seem to suffer from “power erosion”?

By "power erosion" I refer to the phenomenon which usually affects a party in power: the trust gets lower towards the end of the legal mandate, thus reducing the chances of wining the power for the ...
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Voter registration fraud: how is citizenship checked?

This question is motivated by the recent discussions about "voter fraud" and "rigged election" in the media. I am not asking about the extent of actual voter fraud, but about how easy it would be to ...
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Why were US Congresional election results regularly overturned in the early 20th century?

This graphic from a FiveThirtyEight article shows dozens of Congressmen were removed from office during the first four decades of the 20th century due to having election results overturned. Why was ...
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Have any third parties used Maine or Arizona's public financing in their campaigns?

I cannot find evidence for a third party using the public financing option for either state. I can see nothing preventing it and assume they have at some point. Specifically I'm referring to the $5 ...
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How many people are eligible to vote in the UK snap election on June 8th 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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What was the lowest known voter participation rate?

So, comments in this question mentioning extremes such as "nobody voted in election at all", led me to wonder: What was the election where the LEAST percentage of eligible voters participated? The ...
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As a dual EU citizen, which country should I vote in for european elections?

I am a dual EU citizen (which countries is irrelevant here, but both full EU members) and am wondering which of my two countries I should register to vote in for the next European Parliament Elections,...
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Would a Government who lose the confidence of the House really delay an election until after the event over which that confidence was lost transpires?

Joe Watts, political editor of The Independent, published an article today titled "Ministers tell Theresa May to force through Brexit by calling election for days after EU withdrawal". She reports ...
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How long does it take to count votes in different voting systems?

In the UK (which uses first-past-the-post voting) the results of elections are usually declared the next day. If the UK (or any other country) switched to single transferable vote or instant-runoff ...
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What is gerrymandering?

What is gerrymandering? Is Adam Ruins Everything - Why Rigging Elections Is Completely Legal an accurate description of gerrymandering? What was the original idea behind it?
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Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to suppress the right to vote for minorities. Are there cases where the modern Democratic party (ie post Jim Crow) is accused of suppressing the right ...
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Why didn't Americans Elect field a candidate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election?

Americans Elect was trying to get an alternative candidate on the ballot in the 2012 presidential election. The party was to hold a completely online convention to elect a party ticket to run. ...
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Has any respected conservative/libertarian/Republican writer, speaker, or officeholder in any way endorsed Donald Trump as a serious candidate?

With the starting electoral debate for the 2016 USA elections Donald Trump has been high on the news. He's made many controversial statements and defies many standards of what would expected from a ...
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Why is Beto O'Rourke still a US Representative despite not running for re-election to the House?

O'Rourke was an incumbent in the House who then ran for election to the Senate and lost. Shouldn't he then no longer be part of Congress, since he only ran in one race and did not win? Why does he ...
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Is there a precise definition of what a “landslide election victory” is?

E.g. in an election dominated by X parties (or candidates), is there some (even rough) threshold Y% of the votes at which we can say a certain party (or candidate) had a "landslide election victory"? ...
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How does the discrepancy between exit polls and results in recent US elections compare to pre-electronic machine margins?

Question Before we used electronic voting machines, were the discrepancies between exit polls and results in swing states different? I'm simply looking for this information so I can draw my own ...
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Research on short election cycles influencing political choices?

Having been doing business (mostly in IT) for a while I have noticed some interesting trends. Particularly the fact that family companies or rather companies where the owners expect to pass the ...
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Is the US suffering from legislative paralysis?

In his book "The Best Seat in the House", excerpted online here, former Congressman John Dingell expresses his feeling that there should be more bills passed by legislature. Yet [Congressperson ...
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What was the main factor behind the Democratic gains in the 2018 Midterm Elections?

What was the main cause behind the Democratic pickups in House seats? Was it that they were doing something right, either in rhetoric or policy, that the American people liked or was it Republicans ...
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Vote coercion in U.S.A

Rebecca Solnit wrote a provocative article describing husbands that "bully, silence and control" the votes of their wives in the United States. She musters anecdotes of Republican men preventing their ...
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Why doesn't the US just take over impovered parts of North America? [closed]

How is a country incorporated peacefully by another without governmental conflict? Maybe a vote to join can take place between the 2 countries. The only real problem would be drug warlords and I ...
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Is Trump projected to win the popular vote?

Apparently all of the votes have not been counted yet. Do projections show that Trump will win the popular vote once all votes have been counted for?
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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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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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If the DUP is no longer in a “confidence and supply arrangement” can the UK Government still govern?

on Monday, the DUP abstained on the first two votes on the Finance Bill, and eight DUP lawmakers voted against the government in a third vote, on an amendment to the bill proposed by the opposition ...
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Data on vote and seats

I'm looking for a data on: Nationwide data from 1946 on Democrat and Republican share of the national vote Share of the seats in Congress in the same period. Would it be possible to collect the same ...
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Term for the trend where a political party does worse in State elections when holding power Federally

In Australia it's well-known (see, for example, here) that a party that holds power at Federal level will - all other things being equal - tend to hold a disadvantage in State elections. Similarly, ...
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What is the main disagreement between Palestinian groups?

Based on Wikipedia, there was supposed to be an election for the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2014, but it has been postponed because of disagreements between Fatah, and Hamas. What are their ...
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Why is counting election totals more difficult than lottery administration?

This may seem like a rant. But I will show a few point of similarity which will show that it is an actual question. First, states administer lotteries. Just as states administer both state and ...
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In a Westminster system, why would the PM voluntarily dissolve a majority government?

My understanding of the Westminster system is as follows: In a general election, the voters elect MPs to one or both houses of Parliament. The head of state appoints a Prime Minister who holds the ...
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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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Why not combine a high electoral threshold with proportional representation and transferable vote to achieve stable governments without wasted votes?

In Turkey, the electoral threshold is set at 10% which allows for stable governments/coalitions but creates a lot of wasted votes. On the other hand in the Netherlands there is no threshold at all ...
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Can both US Senators from a state be elected at the same time?

I understand the US constitution mandates three rolling 'classes' of nearly equal numbers of Senators be elected every two years, each for 6 year terms. The convention has been to not elect both ...
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What was the popular vote in the US 2018 House election?

Does anyone know where I can find figures for the total votes cast by party in the US 2018 House elections? I've been unable to locate them.
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How can we find representatives from specific cities?

I would like to know U.S. House of Representatives from Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles in 1980. I know districts and city boundaries do not overlap, but is there any way to know them?
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How do I know that my vote was counted?

Can American citizens verify that their vote was tallied correctly in the public/published results that determine an election? More generally, do there exist any systems that can simultaneously ...
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How were the votes split on the Danish Folketing election the 26th of July 1881?

I'm researching Danish election results back from the first election in 1849. However, I've been unable to find any information on the election the 26th of July 1881. Wikipedia has an article for all ...
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Do any theories justify majoritarian election outcomes?

At legislative elections, parties can experience different biases in the translation of votes to seats. Grofman, Koetzle, and Brunell published a taxonomy of these biases (Malapportionment, turnout ...
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Why are some precincts so slow to report after an election?

After every US election, in seemingly every state, there are a handful of precincts that are very slow to report. Sometimes they are several hours or even days behind the majority of precincts in ...
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Why do so many people in the US vote for different parties for the House and the Senate?

I cannot wrap my head around why so many people in the US seemingly(?) vote for different parties (Democrats vs Republicans) in the elections for the House vs the Senate? In the Senate the ...