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The act or process of choosing a person for a position, especially a public office, usually through a vote.

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What consequences would a senator who does not attend the impeachment trial face? [duplicate]

I have seen the argument that impeachment was not about removing Trump, but rather it was about keeping presidential candidates who also happen to be senators off the campaign trail, especially Bernie ...
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How are levelling seats allocated in Scandinavian elections?

In Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Sweden, their parliaments tend to be comprised of district seats (allocated based on vote count within the district) and levelling seats (allocated based ...
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What are the wounds caused by Bernie Sanders and his supporters? [closed]

In attempting to keep up with the discussion around this election, I keep seeing references to "wounds" inflicted by Bernie or the need for him to make amends, but I have been unable to discover what ...
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Which (subjective) measure of corruption is the best predictor for an outsider winning a major election?

There's a (somewhat vague) theory that once the electorate starts to believe the political system is corrupt, it is more likely to vote for an outsider (someone who hasn't had a long political career) ...
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What is the benefit of engaging in war to the incumbent president/party?

I have a question about the mounting threat of armed conflict between the U.S. and Iran currently. For instance, Donald J. Trump tweeted in 2011: In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a ...
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What is the name of this kind of political regime run by AI? [closed]

What is the name of a political regime where an Artificial Intelligence rules all and make decisions?
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Lying in election affidavits

The former education minister of India, Smriti Irani has been caught lying in her previous election affidavits about her educational qualifications. She had at times, claimed to be a Yale graduate, a ...
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How frequently is the winner of the election not the person/party that received the most votes?

Most modern democracies select the government somewhat indirectly. The UK votes in 650 (currently, the number changes over time) separate constituencies each selecting a single MP by a first past ...
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Are there any proposed systems to bring more long-term planning into (democratic) government?

In much of the world, (liberal) democracy (in a broad sense) is seen as the best (or least bad) system of government, and in the 20th and 21st century, living standards have improved markedly in ...
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Does any country “filter” otherwise eligible political candidates?

In Brazil, almost anyone can enter politics as long as they meet these conditions: must have Brazilian nationality or be naturalized; be in full exercise of political rights; be listed in the ...
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Do any countries automatically register eligible voters?

In India, the Constitution provides for universal adult suffrage. Citizens aged 18 years or above subject to certain other eligibility conditions can get their names included in the electoral list. ...
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Outside the US, are candidates allowed to spend an unlimited amount of money on their own campaigns?

In the US, citizens are only allowed to donate $2500 per election to a single candidate. You can of course donate as much as you want to a Super PAC, but this money would not be directly available to ...
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Eligibility to vote in the UK- non-British nationals

In local elections in the UK, Commonwealth, Irish and EU citizens can vote. Why is this the case? Moreover, why are Commonwealth and Irish citizens allowed to vote in general elections and referenda, ...
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Where are my small contributions in the FEC filings?

I know that I have made several small contributions over the last year, but only one of those contributions/transactions appears when I look at the FEC individual contributions dataset (found here) ...
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Does Hungary fulfill the requirements of democracy given by the facts on the new voting system?

We had an election with a new voting system which was created by the governing party. The election system works like this: You can vote for electorates and party list. Half of the parliment comes from ...
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What would it take for a mainstream UK political party to cease to exist

Listening to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair this morning discussing the recent Labour defeat in the General Election. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50829352 From the article: "...
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How does the electoral college work within a state?

How is it determined who wins a state? Is it strictly based on the popular vote within that state, or is it more complex, like each state has its own electoral college type system with certain ...
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Do absentee ballots exist for primary elections?

As someone who was born in the US (New York, specifically) but moved out of the country when I was a child, is it possible for me to vote in the primary? (I am still a US citizen) I already know I am ...
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Is there any hard data on what factors motivated voters to switch from Labour to Conservative in the 2019 election?

After the Conservative party's landslide victory in the December 2019 House of Commons election, there have been many theories put forward to explain Labour's loss, including: Labour's left wing ...
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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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What is the cost of running in an 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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In Swedish elections, can you change your ballot paper in the polling booth?

In Sweden, you have a system where you choose ballot paper with the political party printed on it before you enter the voting station. I understand that you can pick multiple papers and there also is ...
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Which seat 'predicts' the outcomes of UK General Elections the best?

I remember reading about a swing seat in the UK that always 'predicted' the outcomes of the election (e.g. if the Conservatives were the largest party then the seat would swing Conservative, etc.). Do ...
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Losers Consent, Winners Lament? [closed]

There have been angry protests against the UK Parliamentary Election result and I commented that the result was democracy in action. In response, another person said that the protests are a result of ...
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What, if anything, are the consequences of nationalist parties winning a majority of constituencies in Northern Ireland?

At the same time that the Conservative party won a landslide majority in the UK Parliament, nationalist parties in Scotland and Northern Ireland also posted significant gains. Before the 2019 ...
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For how long will the UK government / parliament elected on December 12, 2019 remain (not counting other possible non-regular elections)?

For how long will the UK government / parliament elected on December 12, 2019 remain (serve?), if we're not counting any possible new non-regular elections? Put in another way: When will the next ...
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Ballot anonymity at UK polling stations

When voting at the parliamentary election polling station I noticed the following practice mentioned in the Electoral Commission's Polling station handbook: UK Parliamentary election (PDF) Stage ...
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Why does the number of votes not correspond to the number of elected MPs?

I understand the first past the post system in that the candidate with the most votes in a constituency is elected as the MP for their particular party, but what I don't understand why the SNP can get ...
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Does writing a message on an otherwise acceptable English ballot paper “spoil” the vote?

Suppose I vote today, in the UK general election, by making a mark as usual in a box, but I also add a protest comment in handwriting on the ballot form. Does this stop my vote being valid or ...
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What is the smallest percentage of U.S. voters needed to re-elect the 34 Senators to acquit a President?

When a U.S. President is tried for impeachment, he will be acquitted if more than 1/3 of the Senators (currently 34) vote to acquit him. What is the minimal number of voters (as a percent of eligible ...
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Can a Prime Minister be appointed if they do not have a seat in the Parliament?

On December 12, 2019, UK will hold a general election. As stated in Wikipedia's 2019 United Kingdom general election: The election is to be contested under the same boundaries for 650 ...
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Do the changes to constituencies proposed by the Boundary Commissions unduly benefit the Conservative party?

The proposed changes to the constituency boundaries in the UK were drawn up by four independent commissions, one for each of the UK’s constituent countries, and presented to the Government in 2018. ...
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What is an MRP poll, and is it more accurate than a conventional poll?

On Nov 27th, the polling company YouGov released an “MRP” poll that predicts the Conservative party winning a majority of 68 in the upcoming General Election. The poll has been treated as practically ...
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Are there any benefits to random voting?

Suppose somebody did not have the time or resources to know about the different candidates and their proposed programs. What are the main disadvantages and possible advantages of random voting in such ...
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Why does the BBC claim that there is 'no clear winner' in England's 2018 local elections?

In the latest local elections in May, Labour won 2,350 seats (up 77), the Conservatives 1,332 (down 33). There were other parties involved, but these are the main two. The BBC has an article (2018-05-...
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What would happen if the Queen died immediately before a general election?

I'm an American so I don't have a total grasp of UK politics but my understanding is that when the Queen of the UK dies, the country shuts down for a few days. It's also my understanding that prior to ...
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Why would the US try to make Karzai lose the 2009 election in Afghanistan?

I see this mentioned in a story covering US interventions in foreign elections: In his memoir, the former Defense Secretary Robert Gates accuses Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s ...
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What is a constituency in the Georgian political system?

I want to try alternative voting systems and wanted to take Georgia as my mock example as their political elections data is very granular as one can see here. Georgian has a unicameral parliament, ...
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What is the minimum vote share a party could obtain and still win a majority in a General Election?

Inspired by the US equivalent - what is the minimum total vote share that a party could obtain while still winning over 325 seats in the Commons? What is the smallest share of the vote that a party ...
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Why is Trump not firm on accepting the results of the 2016 Presidential election?

Donald Trump occasionally claims that the election in November is rigged and stated during the 3rd presidential debate that he "will keep you in suspense". Election Day hasn't even arrived and he is ...
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When private companies are nationalized, does the Government set the price?

The Labour Party manifesto for the 2019 General Election is expected to detail the nationalisation of many former publicly owned companies such as the Rail Network, Energy Networks, and even the ...
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As a supporter, what is the most impactful way of helping a political campaign win?

Let's say new Gubernatorial elections are coming up in the US and you are dead set on doing everything possible to help your candidate win. What would be the most impactful legal way to do so, in ...
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Is the UK unusual in not requiring identification to vote?

When one votes in the UK, all that is asked of you at the polling station is your name and address, which is then checked against a list to ensure that you are registered and eligible to vote. There ...
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How did Boris Johnson manage to be elected Mayor of London for two terms when London is usually staunchly Labour?

In 2008, Boris Johnson beat Ken Livingstone by 6.4% of the vote share in the second round of voting. He repeated this feat in 2012, if by a slimmer margin. How did he manage to win these elections, ...
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Why does partisanship trump concerns about hypocrisy with voters?

Politicians are routinely hypocritical in support of partisan ends. I'll provide a few examples to demonstrate what I mean: When their party's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court is facing ...
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What difference does a winter election make?

The last December election took place almost a century ago, in 1923. Why are winter elections so rare, what difference does it make to voters, turnout, and campaigners, and how has it affected the ...
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Is door-to-door canvassing common in America?

In the UK, most people can expect to be canvassed at home, in the form of party volunteers knocking on their door and trying to have a conversation with them in order to persuade them to vote for ...
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When courts draw maps, do they gerrymander?

It's well known that when legislatures draw maps, the majority protects members of their own party. When courts do maps, do they do the same thing? If so, what are some modern-day examples where a ...
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What effect do TV debates have on voting intention?

The first head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will take place within an hour from this question being posted. In the past, there have been occasions where leaders have ...
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Do any other countries aside from the UK have a tradition of ‘joke’ candidates?

In the UK, for example, there are candidates such as Lord Buckethead, Count Binface, Mr Fish Finger (of the Fish Finger Party) and, perhaps most well known, the Monster Raving Loony Party. These ...