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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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Why do some human rights organizations oppose elections?

It appears that in nation-building there are two schools of thought: one that advocates holding elections as soon as possible, and one that advocates that nations must reach a certain level before ...
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Italian election definitive results?

http://elezioni.interno.gov.it/camera/scrutini/20180304/scrutiniCI This page shows the results for the Italian elections; however, they appear not to be complete (Sezioni: 61.374 / 61.401). My ...
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Is it possible to call an Early Election in the US?

In the hypothetical case that every member of the government (president and vice president included) wanted to call an early election, replacing the sitting president and vice president, would they be ...
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What can an independent election observer in Russia do if they notice irregularities?

In the recent Russian presidential elections on March 18, 2018, foreign reporters and election observers noticed irregularities, incidents of election fraud and general violations in the voting ...
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What effect did Russia have on Trump winning the Republican primaries?

There appears to be clear evidence of Russia tampering in the US election in favor of Trump, the DNC e-mail leak and propaganda bots etc, which could partially explain Trump's winning of the final ...
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How can voter ID laws in U.S. hurt minorities from voting? [duplicate]

A lot of studies have found out that compulsory registration for voter ID card primarily hurts minorities like African Americans and so most Republican states are deploying it. Link - https://www.vox....
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Can non-US citizens join super-PACs or pay for attack ads in the US?

Is there any law which prohibits foreigners (non-US citizens) from spending billions of dollars to sway U.S. elections by deliberately placing attack ads against certain political parties ? Can ...
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How does the Australian Electoral Commission avoid partisan bias?

I was watching a Vox video on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, and thought how lucky I am that gerrymandering is not generally considered to be much of a problem here in Australia. Some states had ...
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How do the voting preferences differ between people who do vote and those that don't?

In most developed democracies the percentage of people who vote in a general election is between 50 and 90 percent. Has anyone tried to measure how different election results would be if only the ...
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Declining trend in voter turnouts

Why are voter turnout trends on the fall in an average around the world? On analysing the voter turnout trends on Voter Turnout Database, the average turnout comes out in sixties.
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Election system where votes dictate the power of the representative [duplicate]

Has there ever been a system where the votes received were the measure of power each winning candidate had in the legislature? I have found this under the name Direct Representation and Interactive ...
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In the USA, who decides who can run for president, the states or the federal government?

From twitter BREAKING: Maryland is on the verge of passing a law requiring all Presidential candidates to release their past 5 years of tax returns in order to be placed on the election ballot. ...
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How did Agus affect Ahok's election?

Agus, Ahok, and Anies were Jakarta gubernatorial candidates. Some say that Agus wasn't a serious candidate. He was there to help Anies win. Basically, the gubernatorial election is done in 2 stage. ...
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Why don't US presidential candidates get thrown into jail by their opponent during election?

In Jakarta, Ahok and Anies are both running for gubernatorial election. One Anies supporter uses one of Ahok speeches to accuse him of blasphemy. Article: Ahok denies saying the Quran tricks people ...
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Can the imprisoned Egypt presidential candidate Ahmed Konsowa be on the ballot? What is the law applying to him?

I found a tweet by POMED (Project on Middle East Democracy) that shares an image whose title is: Dropping like flies: Sisi's purge of potential candidates in Egypt's presidential "election": The ...
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Why does the libertarian party earn so few seats? [duplicate]

Libertarian party is moderate. A survey by David Kirby and David Boaz found a minimum of 14 percent American voters to have libertarian-leaning views.[69][70] (source) It's fiscally ...
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Has there been an election where the vote in foreign consulates decided the outcome?

In most national elections there is usually the option for voters to cast their ballot in foreign consulates. But as far as I can tell this is usually a mere formality as very few voters ever make use ...
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How do political parties which identify with castes, languages or religions comply with India's RPA Act, 1951?

The Representation of People Act, 1951, of the Parliament of India states, Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act, defines a corrupt electoral practice as follows: “The ...
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Oldest head of government / state at time first elected to office

Speculation has Bernie Sanders may run for US President in 2020, when he will be 79. Mahathir Mohamad is aiming to become Malaysias PM (again) at the age of 92. Wikipedia has a list of state leaders ...
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Why Does Pew Research Say That US 2016 Election Polls “Missed Their Mark”?

According to an article written by several people at Pew Research, "The results of Tuesday’s presidential election came as a surprise to nearly everyone who had been following the national and state ...
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How does the disqualification of Alexei Navalny affect the legitimacy of the Russian presidential elections? [closed]

Now that Alexei Navalny has been barred from the elections Vladimir Putin will be the only candidate in the Russian elections to be held next year. Is it illegal to bar a candidate even though he is ...
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Does the Electoral College system really favor low population areas?

I was reading some questions on this site, and I stumbled up this comment. I'll transcribe the relevant parts of it here in case it ever goes away: You could throw in something about how Hillary ...
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Is it possible by law to run for President of the United States without appearing in public?

The title says it all. Imagine the candidate has some sort of medical restriction and can't leave his house. He or she can talk personally only with limited number of people. Can he entrust all the ...
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When does the victor of the Alabama special Senate election actually become Senator?

With all the talk of Roy Moore and Doug Jones, I’m surprised this is as difficult to discover as it is, but I haven’t been able to find it: once the victor, whoever that is, is determined in the 2017 ...
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If Roy Moore is elected, would this hurt the Republican party? [closed]

Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in the state of Alabama, was accused of sexual misconduct by five women. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday did not rule out trying to ...
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How does Russia’s fake news benefit them?

An article I saw on BBC News this morning was showing a clip where Theresa May accused Russia of creating fake news and photoshopped images during the United Kingdom general election last year. How ...
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Why do Americans vote on coroners, magistrates, school directors, and tax collectors?

A friend of mine posted on Facebook about her recent election in Pennsylvania. The results page showed a whole bunch of results that are really, really odd to me as an Australian: Justice of the ...
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Decentralized Electoral System [closed]

So I have been thinking about this for only a couple of days, take this with a grain of salt. I know that, in general, electronic voting is a bad idea for a number of reasons. But I think that there ...
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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 often do voters actually change the ranking of candidates in European countries with open-list proportional representation?

From Wikipedia: Open list describes any variant of party-list proportional representation where voters have at least some influence on the order in which a party's candidates are elected. This as ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic Nomination?

I recently read a few news articles talking about a class action lawsuit against the DNC for cheating Bernie Sanders out of the primaries. Is there any truth to these claims that there were concerted ...
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Formula for efficiency gap calculation when there are more than two candidates

I've been having trouble finding an authoritative definition of the efficiency gap when more than 2 parties are involved. Ballotopedia points to an article by Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Eric McGhee, ...
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Can foreign countries disqualify Australian candidates at will?

Could a country get their preferred candidates to win an Australian election by declaring all other candidates for that office citizens of that country, thereby making all those other candidates ...
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How do democratic governments-in-exile, such as the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, choose their members of government?

Many governments-in-exile are relatively limited in time. For example, during World War II, occupied countries like The Netherlands had governments-in-exile. However, some exist for a long time. ...
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What criteria need to be met to become a Conservative MP Candidate in the UK?

What criteria need to be met to become a Conservative MP Candidate in the UK? I am considering running as an MP in my home town in the next election (2022) as a Conservative candidate. I am a ...
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How did the electoral system work in late Ottoman empire and early Turkey?

I am reading about elections in the late Ottoman empire and early Turkey (1880-1935) and there always seemed to be these "secondary electors" elected by the people. These "secondary electors" then ...
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Where can I get official election results for the house for a given year [duplicate]

I'm looking for official house election results per state per district. Ideally this would be in a format that I can then machine read. I have been looking at Wikipedia for this and it has been ...
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In a federal system, which works better the US senate or the German Bundesrat? [closed]

The US senate members are directly elected by the people while members of the German Bundesrat represent the actual state governments of Germany. My question is: Would it be better or worst if the US ...
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In Bundestag election, can a party abuse the system by endorsing independents in constituency (first vote) races?

In its federal election, Germany uses mixed-member proportional representation, where a voter makes two votes: one picks a particular candidate in local constituency, second for a party. In short, a ...
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Can non-US citizens illegally vote in the presidential election in California?

Without respect to how many such cases have happened in the past, is it possible for illegal immigrants or legal residents who aren't citizens to vote in the presidential election in California? ...
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Why does counting in UK elections not occur in polling stations?

In the majority of other countries (such as the US, Canada, and many countries in Europe), votes are counted at each individual polling stations. This allows us to get indicative results rather ...
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Is there less risk that my vote will be tampered with if I vote by mail/absentee?

I've seen news articles that there was electronic tampering in the last US national election[1][2]. Some articles say the registration systems were tampered with--so people were marked as not ...
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What happens if on an U.S. presidental election, in one of the states, the election fails?

I am thinking on some highly extraordinary thing. For example: a new computer virus irrecoverably deletes the votes before counting them a sudden natural disaster makes a decisive part of the ...
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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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Do any states require a resignation in order to run for office?

Based on a faulty memory, I suggested on a comment to this answer that there might be states which permit someone to run for two offices at once. That was obviously incorrect. What I was actually ...
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What is the cost of standing for election in the USA?

How much does it cost a major party to contest a seat in the House of Representatives? Uncontested elections to House and Senate are relatively common in the American political system. When a popular ...
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Have US presidents changed the majority in special elections after promoting senators to WH jobs?

The US president can change the composition of the senate (and the House) by appointing congressmen to jobs at the White House, who are replaced in special elections. The current president recently ...
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Behavioural consequences of real-time electronic voting results publicly available

Is there any study (probably theoretical) analysing the consequence on voting behaviour of making publicly available in real time the ongoing results of an election? (naturally, enabled only because ...
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Have election boycotts ever successfully undermined the results?

In recent news in Australia, the Government is planning a postal survey of the electorate's attitudes to Same-Sex Marriage. Attempts to make it a formal plebiscite failed. There are people with ...
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What are “free” and “fair” elections? [closed]

It's common to hear about "free and fair elections" (e.g. recently with Kenyan elections). In many elections there are international observers, which are suppose to judge whether elections were "free ...