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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 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 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 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,...
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Basis for the Dutch authorities denying a Turkish minister access to a Turkish consulate [duplicate]

A few days ago, the Turkish family minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, where she was going, it seems, as part of the organization of a ...
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Is India's latest election indicative of an end to the caste based political system? [closed]

Uttar Pradesh always well known for caste based politics and mainly there were 2 parties , BSP for dalits and SP for Yadavas. But In this election, all caste based political parties are defeated and ...
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Which Country has the lowest minimum age limit to compete in Elections?

I studied from many sources about the minimum age limit for competing in the elections. Many countries have that in the range 25-35 (in India it's 25). Many organisations proposed to reduce this age, ...
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Are there countries with upper age limits for voters or candidates?

After the US Presidential elections there have been some calls to introduce an upper age limit for their position. Similar opinions exist about the age of Senators, Congressmen and Supreme Court ...
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Registering as the “Incorrect” Political Party [duplicate]

Is there any overriding reason that a US citizen should register only with the political party with which he or she most closely identifies? Suppose the individual resides in a state where political ...
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Could a Party Choose Not to Nominate an Incumbent?

For example, if the Republican party wanted to hold a new primary in 2020 and pick someone other than Trump, is there any specific reason they could or could not do so?
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What happens when a Dutch party wins more seats than they have candidates listed for?

When looking at the list of candidates for the upcoming election for the Tweede Kamer, I can't help but feel that some parties are overly confident or overly optimistic. For instance, both the VVD and ...
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Election spending and plutocracy [closed]

In some democracies, the amount a party or candidate can spend towards an election campaign is permissively regulated. What does empirical research say about whether permissive campaign spending ...
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In which countries election spending or contributions are strictly regulated?

In some democracies, amount a party or candidate can spend towards election campaign is not regulated or poorly regulated. In which countries election spending or contributions are strictly regulated ...
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What is the largest number of parties that ever entered a parliament in a general election?

In the Dutch general election, 2012, 11 parties entered parliament. In the opinion polls for the upcoming election, 14 parties are deemed to have a good chance to enter parliament. In the German ...
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How can I respond to Whataboutism?

While this uses examples that could be seen as supporting one side or the other, it is intended as a politically neutral question, to the extent that that is possible This has come up more and more ...
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How does the Dutch system for preferential votes (*voorkeursstemmen*) work?

In parliamentary elections in The Netherlands, voters can vote for a party and preferentially for a specific candidate. How does this preferential voting work? Source: http://www....
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Why do some parties but not others have logos in the new Dutch ballot paper (stembiljet)?

In the new ballot paper (stembiljet) for the Dutch general election, 2017, some parties have logos whereas others do not, as shown below. Why? Source: http://www.stemmenvanuithetbuitenland.nl ...
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How do half votes work in the DNC chair election?

The first round of the DNC chair election just passed. The results where Sally Boynton Brown 12 Keith Ellison 200 Jehmu Greene 0.5 Peter Peckarsky 0 Tom Perez 213.5 ...
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Why States in India don't have elections at a same time?

Andhra Pradesh & Telegana had elections in 2014. (In this elections, New Prime Minister was elected) Tamil Nadu had elections in 2016. UP, Goa & Bihar election going on now i.e 2017. Why ...
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Does one have to be a US citizen to vote (or run) in municipal elections?

Does one have to be a US citizen to vote (or run) in municipal elections? For example, can a permanent resident vote for mayor? Or run for city council?
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For the Dutch general election, how many candidates can be on a list?

According to the Dutch language Wikipedia, any party list for Dutch general elections can list 30 candidates or twice the number of seats they received at the previous elections, whatever is most. ...
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Why is Schulze the most popular Condorcet election method?

It's been my impression that when people are discussing "Condorcet voting", they often implicitly mean the Schulze/beatpath method. Wikipedia's "Use of Condorcet voting" list also seems to be ...
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How does NOS determine invitees for electoral debates?

In the NOS election debates for the Dutch General election, 2017, invited parties include all 11 parties that gained seats at the previous elections as well as the new parties Nieuwe Wegen, ...
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Why does Jezus Leeft receive a lower list number than StemNL despite participating in a smaller number of constituencies?

According to the Proces-verbaal geldigheid kandidatenlijsten (PDF, 5.4 MB), page 707: Vervolgens zijn de overige kandidatenlijsten genummerd in de volgorde van het aantal kieskringen waarvoor de ...
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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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Recounting votes - isn't a recount just as prone to error as the initial count?

In elections, whenever there is a too close margin between the two winning candidates, there is the legal opportunity to initiate a recount in order to minimize possible errors. However isn't the ...
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Precedents for replacing a candidate selected through a primary

A party selects their candidate for an election through an open primary election. The outcome of the primary is an unambiguous winner. After the primary, but before candidacy for the actual election ...
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Number of winning coalitions of state in the electoral college

Define a coalition as a subset of the set of the 51 states (counting DC as a state) that make the USA. Define a coalition as winning if the total number of electoral votes of the state in that ...
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How would the PVV choose the people to sit in the seats they win?

I was reading this article (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38253122), and the following points don't seem to fit together. Dutch voters choose a new government in March 2017 and if the polls ...
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How easy is it to implement a National Sunday Law?

The 7th Day Adventist Church mentions that before the end of the time, the Papacy and the USA will introduce a Sunday Law (known as Blue Law) which will enforce the keeping of Sunday as worship day (...
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How does France's electoral system work

With the elections across the EU likely to have significant consequences for the future fate of Europe, I'd like to try to understand the electoral systems of each state a little more. I'm ...