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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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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)....
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How would a snap election impact the Tory election expenses investigation?

In Theresa May called a general election to bury Tory expenses investigation, says Dennis Skinner MP: But Mr Skinner, who has represented the Derbyshire town of Bolsover since 1970, said he did ...
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New trend of blaming the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) after losing the elections

I am a first year student of political science (Honours) and would like to understand about recent controversy about EVMs in India. Recently after the various election results in India it has become ...
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What's the justification behind having a minimum age for politicians that is higher than the minimum age for voters?

The minimum age for being elected to the position of a US senator is 30, while the minimum age for voters is 18. Similar restrictions exist for legislators in other countries, with a few exceptions. ...
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To what extent do election polls affect the election results?

Has there been any rigorous research about what effect do opinion polls have on the final election results? Do real life voters strategize their vote based on the polling averages? I assume that ...
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Public opinion: Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister

What is the public opinion (through polls/surveys) on Jeremy Corbyn since the announcement for the snap election regarding the position of Prime Minister? I have checked: Survation ComRes YouGov ...
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Why is there so much worry about France potentially leaving the EU?

I've kept reading and listening on information and opinions about the upcoming French election and one of the main issues that keep coming up is the future of France in the EU. I know that many of the ...
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STV - what happens if I miss a number?

I live in the UK, and in the first of two elections I will be participating this year (local government), there will be a single transferable vote system. I get that I should probably rank all the ...
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Why did polls inaccurately predict the 2015 UK general election?

Major polls forecasted a hung Parliament, underestimating the Tory vote by an average of 4.2 points and overestimating the Labour vote by an average of 2.4. Pollsters changed practices viz. British ...
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Why are there exceptions to Duverger's Law?

Duverger's law states that in a first past the post electoral system, the system will end up with a two party system. However, many countries with first past the post electoral systems (such as India,...
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How could an alliance between the Green Party, Liberal-Democrats and Labour Party be formed?

The Green Party co-founders have written a letter to Jeremy Corbyn (Labour) and Tim Farron (Liberal Democrats) requesting to form an alliance: We’d like to meet to explore the best options for ...
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Why did Labour support the snap election?

Labour are doing badly as the moment with polls indicating that Conservatives have up to a 21% lead. Calling an early election at a time when they are in a position of strength favours the ...
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Which parties would try to stop Brexit from happening after the “snap election”?

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there would be a "Snap General Election", provided she gets backing of MPs, on 8th June. Last month, she formally triggered Article 50, and began ...
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Why the snap election?

Theresa May has insisted numerous times that she would not call for an early general election. One of the main reasons she cited for this is that the instability of an election could derail the ...
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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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What would a government be called if the citizens elected a ruler, but this ruler got all the power?

Assume there was a fantasy world in which a ruler was elected to become "king". This king election would be completely democratic and fair. Then, when the king is elected, he or she has absolute power ...
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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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Is this a good way to count Single Transferable Vote ballots?

I've been asked by my employer to create an online voting system for internal elections (e.g. board of directors). Our bylaws dictate that we need to use STV. I wasn't satisfied with the existing ...
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Are individuals allowed to make contributions that are contingent on specific actions? (US)

For instance, could a fund be created that would only be rewarded to a particular re-election campaign if the representative votes a particular way on a bill?
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Have previous presidential campaigns been investigated by the F.B.I for ties to foreign governments?

At the moment it's been confirmed by the director of the F.B.I that Trump and his people are being investigated closely for foreign ties with Russia, etc. (see below). F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’...
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Are there any methods that compensate for phenomenons such as Shy Tory factor and Bradley effect?

This is a followup question on this one (Why were pre-election polls and forecast models so wrong about Donald Trump). The accepted answer tells us about the possible reasons such as Shy Tory Factor ...
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Why does the Socialist Party (Netherlands) perform poorly among voters abroad?

In the Dutch general election, 2017 the overall result⁰ for the largest parties was: VVD 21.3%, PVV 13.1%, CDA 12.5%, D66 12.0%, SP 9.2%, Groenlinks 8.9%, PvdA 5.7%, CU 3.4%, PvdD 3.1% (for details ...
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Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party?

Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party? If this question is not directly answerable, what criteria would I use to determine this rate?
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Is there any US-wide collection of information about party strength in local elections?

In the US, is there anything like this list of the number of locally elected officials controlled by each party? I am aware that there are a lot of nonpartisan officeholders in minor posts in America,...