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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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Did New Hampshire pick the losing Democratic candidate three times in a row from 2008 to 2020?

I have been thinking about something that I read on the Wikipedia page for the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary: "This was the third consecutive contested Democratic primary in which New ...
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Why do Black voters in the USA not vote Republican? [duplicate]

This research by the Pew Institute breaks down demographic voting data from the 2016 election. Pew found that Hillary Clinton (Democrat) won Black voters by an 80% margin (88% to 8%). Is there any ...
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Which congressional districts were won by over 40 points by either party in the 2016 presidential election?

I am curious about congressional districts in the 2016 election, and I want to know which ones were won by Clinton or Trump by over 40 points. I am doing this to analyze the difference in margin of ...
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Tie breaking in general election for president in U.S

Suppose the electoral votes for President and Vice-President both ties (as happened in the show VEEP season 5 episode 10), according to Amendment XII of the Constitution, the House vote for President ...
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Can Trump force Congress to delay the Nov. 3, 2020 general US elections?

This is related to today's news that Trump mentioned the idea of delaying the election in one of his tweets. I understand that the president cannot legally change the election date, but according to ...
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Who would become president if the election were delayed past January 20?

President Trump tweeted the possibility of delaying the US general elections. He doesn't have the ability to delay the election on his own. Here's what the Constitution says on the matter: The Times, ...
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Why don't parties run primary elections instead of the government? [duplicate]

Why does the government run primary elections instead of the parties?
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Why are Deep South states said to vote so lop-sidedly Republican, when they have high percentages of African Americans?

States like Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, have in the range of 40% African Americans, who, from what I can tell, vote about 90% Democrat. Yet these states vote reliably Republican. What is 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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Why doesn't the USA Republican Party (GOP) bother to run for mayor in some cities?

I was doing a little research regarding elections and I notice that the GOP hasn't made an attempt for mayor positions in some cities, like in Portland or Atlanta. Why is that? According to Wikipedia ...
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Is there a swing map of 2017 Senate and 2016 President in Alabama?

I want to see a picture of a county-level swing map of the 2017 Senate election for Alabama relative to the 2016 presidential election. This is to see how many points the election swung in Democrat ...
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Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted the same way as in the midterms?

Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted for the same party as in the House elections in the previous midterm? If so, when was it? And, if there has never been as of writing,...
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Stack Exchange as a pre-elections debate platform [migrated]

Just wondering about the idea, what if stack exchange platform would be used for candidates to answer citizens questions. Some changes would need to be made to the platform. Only eligible voters can ...
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What are “Faithless Electors” in the US Electoral College?

Regarding the Supreme Court's decision to curb ‘Faithless Electors’, I began researching how exactly the Electoral College works. Then I read this NY Times article on how the Electoral College works, ...
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In the 2020 constitutional referendum, what factors explain the low approval in Nenets Autonomous Okrug?

In the 2020 Russian constitutional referendum, official reports state that Russia-wide, 78% of voters approved and 22% rejected the new constitution. I noticed that in one federal subject, according ...
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Can Trump stay in offices if he loses the election? [duplicate]

A Newsweek article: “How Trump Could Lose the Election– and Still Remain President.” Is it possible for Trump, if he loses the election, to claim election fraud and have the results thrown out so ...
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What can an independent election observer in Russia do if they notice irregularities?

In the recent Russian presidential elections on March 18, 2018, foreign reporters and election observers noticed irregularities, incidents of election fraud and general violations in the voting ...
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Was Ruben Diaz presumptively defeated?

Ruben Diaz appears to have been defeated in the primary. Ruben Diaz is a highly conservative Democrat who rolled eyebrows by running in what is said to be the bluest district. I am calling the race ...
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Are Democratic voters more firm in their voting preferences?

I am wondering whether Democrats are more firm in their voting patterns. What I mean by this is actually going out to vote. I mean only voting for the party they're registered with. (This doesn't ...
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Are/were there any countries where rich people have more votes?

Are/were there any countries where richer people have more active votes than poorer people? For example: someone with an income of $5,000/month would have 5x more votes than a person with an income of ...
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Assuming Trump wins only the states with Republican governors, what will be the outcome of the 2020 election?

Assuming Trump wins only the states with Republican governors, and the states that divide their electoral votes follow their 2016 patterns, what will be the outcome of the 2020 election?
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What are the reasons for the date of Election Day?

As far as I can tell, the date of Election Day in the US was set in 1845: the electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed in each State on the Tuesday next after the first Monday ...
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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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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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Why is Trump's approval dropping in mid-year 2020? [closed]

I remember that you said that I should not write about this a while back because it was a statistically insignificant event at the time. But, it continued. I asked about why the rally 'round the flag ...
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Why is Trump winning, when I know so few people who admit to voting for him?

I am a well educated Republican, of generally conservative views. Pretty much every day I see and hear people talk about how poor of a candidate Donald Trump is. But he's winning primary after primary,...
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Is the coattail effect getting stronger?

I have heard that the coattails effect is where a candidate gets elected because the president is popular in the area they want to represent. I feel like it is getting stronger over time. Ticket ...
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Is Samoa truly an elective monarchy?

I have read about how Samoa was created as an elective monarchy when it became independent in 1962. However, from what I read, some question whether Samoa counts as a parliamentary republic (as the ...
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Is there any reason to vote against the predominant majority?

Let us take the example of voting in a U.S. presidential election. If one lives in a blue state for which the outcome of the vote is known to always favor the Democratic candidate, is there any reason ...
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Are US elections won by a majority of people?

In The Hidden Election (1981), American conservative political activist and commentator Paul Weyrich was quoted as saying: So many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome: good ...
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New Jersey 2014 senate votes by municipality?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/2014_NJ_US_Senate_results_by_muni.svg I was not able to find the vote total for this town. I live in New Jersey and I want to see the vote increase ...
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What explains the record turnout in South Korea's elections, despite coronavirus fears?

On April 15th, South Korea held parliamentary elections, which resulted in a large victory for the incumbent President's Minjoo party. Fears of infection due to the COVID-19 pandemic have ...
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What is the procedure for calling a recount in a General Election?

In 2017, the constituency of North East Fife underwent three recounts, eventually leading to the SNP candidate being elected with a majority of just two votes. The initial result would have seen the ...
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Why was the Electoral College the system selected by the founding fathers?

What advantages did the founding fathers see in electoral college that made them pick it over other potential voting systems?
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Does Pakistan play a disproportionate role in Indian elections compared to the role India plays in Pakistani elections?

This question is inspired by this tweet, by the NYT South Asia correspondent Maria Abi-Habib: I'm always surprised by how big a role Pakistan plays in Indian elections. The BJP is now making Delhi ...
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How do different outlets count votes in different ways and have diferent margins at different times on election day?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHl2tU40ibs In this Election night coverage (link duly posted above) it is said that different outlets "count in different ways" and that different outlets have ...
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Has a tied vote ever happened in a UK Parliamentary election?

I'm aware that if a vote is tied in an election, then a tie-breaker is conducted which leaves the result to chance. As far as I know in recent years this has only occurred in local council elections; ...
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Can members of the public attend UK General Election ballot counts?

Coverage of UK election nights is usually interspersed with footage of ballot counts, along with the result declarations in individual constituencies. The image below shows an example of one of these ...
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Phenomenon where politically incorrect candidates do better in actual elections than in polls?

I've long hypothesised that a certain phenomenon may exist, and I wonder if there's any actual research on the subject. I'm asking for research, statistics, etc. on a macro level. However, I think it'...
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Is there a correlation between a President's approval rating on Election day and their share of the Popular Vote during re-election?

I was looking 538's historical approval ratings and I noticed that on the last day of a two-term president's last term, the approval rating was about twice the popular vote margin nationwide. This ...
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Who is responisble for physically removing a President from the White House if they refuse to leave? [duplicate]

In the United States of America, if the sitting President refuses to leave office after losing an election or getting impeached and convicted, who is responsible for physically removing them from the ...
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Can a UK general election be delayed after Parliament is dissolved?

The UK was scheduled to hold a general election on 7 May 2020 (until the 2017 election was called). If that election were to be scheduled for that date, Parliament would have been dissolved at the ...
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Is the correlation between the economy and US political outcomes weakening?

I have heard about the saying “It’s the economy stupid”, but I’m not sure about how true it is now. Let’s use Trump’s approval as an example. Even though there is a “rally around the flag effect” ...
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What is the relationship between politicians' electability and physical fitness?

I wasn't able to find any studies which looked at the relationship between a candidate's body shape or physical fitness and their predicted election success. The closest source I could find were ...
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Why did Wisconsin Republicans oppose postponing the April 7th election despite COVID-19 shutting down nearly all polling places?

After last minute, party-line decisions by the US and Wisconsin Supreme Courts, Wisconsin will hold their presidential primary and a hotly-contested Supreme Court election tomorrow (April 7th) despite ...
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What happens if a US Presidential Candidate drops out of the race after being nominated but before Election Day?

If a presidential candidate in the USA drops out of the race before (or during) election day, but after early voting has begun, what happens to that party's ticket? For example, if Donald Trump or ...
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Why did Obama decide to expel Russian diplomats?

Why did Obama choose to expel 35 diplomats and operatives in retaliation for Russia's hacking during the elections? It appears reducing the number of diplomats may strain our relationship with Russia ...
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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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Why do oppressive regimes cheat in the election process rather than simply faking the results?

Why do so many authoritarian regimes bother with voter fraud and ballot stuffing? For example, after Hitler's annexation of Austria, intrusive propaganda and threats were used to make everybody vote ...
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Why does Chomsky call Pakistan a Punjabi state?

From an interview with Noam Chomsky about his views on elections in Pakistan: Coming to election issues, what do you think, sitting afar and as an observer, are the basic issues that need to be ...

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