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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 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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Do national political parties in the US exist in student government? (College)

I'm curious if any parties running for student government, i.e. student unions, ever run as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green, Socialist, etc?
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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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Swiss elections: Is a crossed-out vote then evenly distributed among the remaining candidates on a list?

According to this page: You may cross out the name of one or several candidates. The candidates whose names are crossed out do not receive a vote, however the new blank spaces still count as ...
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What are some arguments for why a “license to vote” is a bad idea?

I conversed with someone the other day who said that just like we study and take tests to obtain a driver's license, we should similarly study and pass tests to get a voters' license. She said that ...
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French municipal elections: How are the seats divided based on the vote?

For example, in St-Front-de-Pradoux in 2014, these were the second round results (source): This was an unusual election in that Crouzille and Olivier each got 277 votes. French law requires that ties ...
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British parliamentary election results in convenient spreadsheet form

The following books by F. W. S. Craig contain a treasure trove of data about British parliamentary election results: British Parliamentary Election Results 1832–1885 British Parliamentary Election ...
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Does gerrymandering not affect elections for US Senators?

Gerrymandering is a problem; a Representative could have their voter base diluted across neighboring districts at the whim of the controlling party. But Senate elections are statewide, and states don'...
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What are the key differences between a confidence and supply deal compared to a formal coalition?

It has been widely reported today that the Conservative party have come to a £1Bn+ deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up their minority government, which got me wondering what are ...
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Self-vote and anti-self-electors

In a presidential or similar elections, it's a habit, if one is a candidate, to get to the polling place, and vote, usually in the storm of camera flashes, from propaganda reasons, so self-voting is ...
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Does representativeness in a political system come at the cost of inherent complexity?

Alright, this is something I've thought about for a while with respect to comparisons between the German and British or Australian and Estonian electoral systems. Some of these are fairly simple to ...
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Who would be elected Prime Minister if the winning party was “Independent”?

I know this is highly unlikely, bordering on impossible, but what would happen if the majority of seats were won by independent candidates in a general election? Would the independents simply choose ...
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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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What realistic repercussions could Russia face for election hacking?

Written in Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known : Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread ...
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Has purdah finished in the UK?

Prior to the UK General Election on June 8 2017, the Government entered a period of "purdah" where the actions of the civil service were limited. Has this period now ended? What is the trigger for ...
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Why is the result if Macron's party's at the first round of French parlamentary elections “historical”?

"Historical", "a tsunami" -- these are the headlines one can read or hear at all French mainstream media. They are about the victory of La République en Marche at the first round of French ...
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Has a party that won an election ever lost its leader in the process?

In a Parliamentary democracy, general elections appoint constituency representatives. Most such appointees are members of parties with internally determined leaders. One or more parties then form a ...
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How large of an effect did the internet regulation proposed by the conservative manifesto have on the election?

To the tech-savvy world, the part of the manifesto that dealt with internet regulation was... laughably insane and likely impossible to implement. But what effect did it have on the election results?...
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Why are the conservatives opposed to the DUP?

Why, now that the voting is over, are the conservatives appearing to try to reassure voters at the expense of the DUP? A quote from Sir Michael Fallon: "It doesn't mean we now agree with all their ...
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Who came up with the “dementia tax” for the conservative manifesto?

The British Conservatives have lost their absolute majority in the 2017 snap election. One reason, it appears, is that older people got irritated because of the (what the opposition quickly branded as)...
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How could another UK election happen?

Jeremy Corbyn has predicted there could be another election this year or next: “I think it’s quite possible there will be an election later this year – or early next year,” Mr Corbyn told the BBC’...
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Sortable table or spreadsheet with full, detailed 2017 UK General Election results for every constituency

I'm looking for a full sortable list of the results, for every constituency, ideally with as much information as possible: Turnout, # eligible voters, votes for each candidate (both # and %), winning ...
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What could the conservatives do if a deal is not met with the DUP?

In the current 2017 UK general election which has resulted hung parliament, Theresa May is trying to get a deal with the DUP. If the deal fails, what options do the conservatives have to form a ...
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Is it still possible for Labour to run the government?

At the moment, the UK has a hung parliament from the recent election. The Conservatives and the DUP are now having a discussion to work with each other in order to run the government. If the ...
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Would a change of PM mean another election?

The UK has just had a general election which resulted in a hung parliament. This means that Theresa May is now forming a coalition government with the DUP. Watching BBC 1 and people are saying that ...
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What would happen in a case of a hung parliament and no one gained a majority?

What would happen if say all parties refused to form a coalition with the party with the most seats, which then resulted them not gaining a majority of 326 seats?
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Why haven't national elections in some countries devolved into a two-party system despite having an FPTP voting system? [duplicate]

If the First Past the Post voting system is the main culprit behind the formation of two-party systems, why haven't we seen such an outcome in many nations like the U.K and Canada that still use FPTP? ...
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What is the rationale for allowing Irish and Commonwealth citizens to vote in general elections?

To vote at the UK general election you must be (among other things): be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen be resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad ...
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Can faulty election results unseat a sitting US President? [duplicate]

Though there are significant real-world scenarios to consider, let's keep this question hypothetical. The situation: a US presidential election is held, votes are tallied, a winner is announced, the ...
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Are future UK parliaments (i.e. election this week) bound by decisions of previous parliaments regarding the Brexit vote (among other things)? [duplicate]

For example, after this week's election, could parliament say "Hey, the referendum and subsequent parliamentary vote were relevant to a time in the past. It has nothing to do with us and we are not ...
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In theory, can an extra election be cancelled once called? [duplicate]

On 19 April 2017, the UK Parliament approved a motion for an early general election, to be held on 8 June (BBC News). In theory, could Parliament later pass a motion to cancel the extra election?
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Does polling during election campaigns bias policy selection or affect voter turnout? [duplicate]

Do individuals and parties running for a democratically elected office, in employing polls and focus groups to decide on, and tinker with, policy, end up choosing policy based on popularity rather ...
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Why are elections in the UK traditionally held on Thursdays?

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will have parliamentary elections next Thursday, and the last presidential elections in the United States were on a Tuesday. In most other ...
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Is there a legal way to postpone or call off a general election in the UK due to concerns one way or another?

I'm asking this as a follow up question after this one when Steve Melnikoff raised an interesting point in the comments as to whether there was a legal mechanism to postpone or call off a general ...
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Vote weighting based on fiscal contribution [duplicate]

Does any political system in the world have electoral vote weighting based on the voter's fiscal contribution? The premise being that the taxes paid are a reasonable approximation of merit and value ...
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What would happen if no one voted in the next General Election?

I intend not to vote in the General Election next week in the UK. This made me wonder: what would happen if no one voted?
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Montana special House election: when will the winner take office?

A special election is being held in Montana on May 25 to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives. On what date would the winner take office? I haven't seen this information in any news ...
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Is the French government formed before and/or after the legislative elections?

In 2017, France had Presidential elections on 23 April and 7 May and will have legislative elections on 11 and 18 June. I was expecting the President would wait with appointing a government until ...
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Why is there such a strong fixation on the private lives of political candidates?

During and after the recent presidential elections in France there has been an awful lot of talk about Emmanuel Macron's wife. But for me as a voter this seems nonsensical - a politician should be ...
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Why was Howard Dean's “scream” such a big deal?

After the Iowa caucus in 2003, 3rd place finisher Dean, while amping up the crowd, let out his now infamous, "Haaaww!!" Howard Dean's yell Given the daily gaffes by Donald Trump, Dean's exuberance ...
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Statistics on Australian non-voters who are actually sanctioned (fined or otherwise punished)

Voting is compulsory in Australia (source). Non-voters receive a letter, asking that they provide a valid and sufficient reason, or pay a A$20 penalty (source). Voter turnout in Australia is high, ...
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In proportional voting systems, what decides which district is “assigned” to which candidate?

Assume for a moment that the US has switched to a nation-wide proportional voting system for Senate elections. During the election the Democrats get 45%, the Republicans get 45% and Independents get ...
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Why do voters usually hate the very politicians they've voted for in the last election? [closed]

The most well known example is in the US - people elect a President but the second he enters office his ratings start falling down. Likewise the Senate, the Congress, the state governments and even ...
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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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Why do the BBC and the Guardian report different figures for the UK local elections?

Both the Guardian and the BBC show the same number of seats won for the council elections on the 4th of May, but give different figures for the change from the previous election. For example, the ...
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What methods are available to resolve elections with an equal number of votes

On the BBC Wales news feed today for the local elections it was reported that in three separate councils had candidates with an equal number of votes after a recount - so they drew lots (pulled ...
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Why isn't the EU commission elected directly by EU citizens?

The EU commission consists of 28 members elected by the governments of the 28 EU states. This leads to people complaining that the EU is "undemocratic" since some of its major institutions are not ...
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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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Has any countries used an Elected Presidency scheme in which candidates may be restricted to a particular racial group?

Singapore will be having its Presidential Election later this year. Recently, there have been constitutional amendments to change the Elected Presidency scheme to a "Reserved Election" scheme. ...
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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)....