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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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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 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 ...
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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’...