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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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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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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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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 ...
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In 2016, why did the GOP win the House popular vote while Clinton won the popular vote?

Is there an intuitive reason why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote amongst people voting for President, yet the GOP won the popular vote amongst people voting for their Representative in the House? ...
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What's the procedure of the Tory party if the Prime Minister lost his seat in the upcoming UK general election?

It is quite possible that Mr Johnson loses his seat in the upcoming general election, while the Conservative party gains a majority. Does the Conservative party have official procedures for what ...
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Is the postponement of the release of the Intelligence Security Committee’s report on Russian interference in UK elections abnormal?

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been criticism of the government over the decision to postpone the release of the report until parliament reconvenes after the election. This comes despite the ...
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Is there a coup going on in Bolivia?

Recently Bolivia held presidential elections which were highly questioned in terms of legitimacy and led to massive protests in the country accusing the government of fraud. This situation, and 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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Are there examples in the UK in which candidates for MP didn't formally withdraw but said openly something like “don't vote for me”?

Since there is a formal deadline for withdrawal of candidacies from UK Parliament elections, are there historical examples in which some candidates nonetheless informally withdrew after such a ...
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How (un)common is for former US presidents not to endorse any presidential candidate explicitly?

Insofar Obama has steered clear of explicitly endorsing anyone in particular, although his most recent comments have been interpreted as a rebuke of Sanders and Warren. I wonder: are the any ...
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Is there any evidence that the Brexit Party simply didn't have the resources to field as many candidates as they claimed?

After being rebuffed by the Tories a number of times in the offer to forge an alliance between their two parties, The Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, originally claimed to be ready to stand ...
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Can the UK general election be cancelled? [duplicate]

The sh*t hits the fan. The Russia scandal blows up. Boris Johnson is photographed handing a suitcase of money to Nigel Farage. Vast swathes of the country is under water. A yellow weather warning is ...
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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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Does Andrew Yang support single-payer?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s website said this on March 9: With a shift to single-payer, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical ...
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Are there previous cases of the incumbent Prime Minister standing in a different seat to the one they were previously elected in?

There are rumours floating around that the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson may switch seats from his current Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency to a safer Tory seat: ...
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Why does the Remain Alliance not contest all Northern Ireland seats?

With its abstentionist policy, Sinn Féin cannot be counted as a remain party for the purpose of the election. Sinn Féin will effectively abstain in any voting on Brexit, while a remainer MP could vote ...
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Why does Spain's PSOE have such a big problem forming a coalition?

What was the reason PSOE couldn't or didn't want to form a coalition for six months or so, to the extent that it preferred to have second snap election in a year? I understand that it had at least two ...
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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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When is the deadline for candidacies for Parliament for the UK election this year?

In the context of Nigel Farage threatening to contest or not some seats, when is the deadline for the candidacies for seats to be announced?
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Why do EU members have single or multiple parliamentary constituencies?

EU Member states can choose whether they want to have multiple constituencies for elections to the European Parliament, or not. Many EU member states have a single national constituency (like Germany)...
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Can candidates for MP seats “stand down” in a formal way after declaring candidacy?

As the Guardian reported Farage began the party’s election campaign last week saying he would put up candidates across the country unless Johnson abandoned his Brexit deal and formed a leave ...
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Why would anybody be for a popular vote deciding the president with the current layout of the US? [closed]

The electoral college was designed to keep states with large populations from controlling the vote, while allowing those same states to still have more influence. I understand that states have a right ...
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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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Does the electoral college (or a similar system) apply to US governor elections?

I'm following the live results of the Kentucky and Mississippi elections for governor etc, and I notice that while the Republican nominee has won the majority of the precincts, what they're reporting ...
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Is it usual for a US president to make specific comments about a UK Prime Minister's suitability during a general election?

According to a BBC ariticle, Trump has made comments like: Jeremy Corbyn would be "so bad" as prime minister Of Boris Johnson: "[He's] the exact right guy for the times" Is it usual for a US ...
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Countries where rich people have more votes?

For example: one man with income 1,000$/month has only one vote, another man with income 5,000$/month has 5 votes. Are/were there any such countries? There were many countries where diffrent ...
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Is there a link between election results and increased suicide rates?

A question posted here just after the 2016 US Presidential election makes anecdotal claims about increased depression and suicide following the election: I live in the US and woke up to a slew of ...
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In the USA, who decides who can run for president, the states or the federal government?

From twitter BREAKING: Maryland is on the verge of passing a law requiring all Presidential candidates to release their past 5 years of tax returns in order to be placed on the election ballot. ...
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Who has the power to dissolve the House of Representatives in the Netherlands?

Wikipedia says If the House of Representatives is dissolved, due to a severe conflict between the House of Representatives and cabinet, or within the cabinet, a snap election takes place as soon as ...
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What does Boris Johnson stand to gain from holding an election on the 12th rather than the 9th of December?

Boris Johnson stated that he wants to have a general election on the 12th of December, and very clearly he is trying to paint these election as a "referendum" (even though a referendum is not based on ...
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Is there a convention regarding when election manifestos are launched in the UK?

The Independent is claiming that both the Conservative and Labour parties will launch their election manifestos in the week beginning 18/11/19. Is this assertion based on some tradition or convention, ...
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Can a General Election be called by a new Prime Minister?

There has been much speculation that an incoming prime minister (be it Gove, May or one of the other candidates) will want to call an early General Election (to establish legitimacy and perhaps to ...
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Was there a precedent of circumventing Commons supermajority requirement?

Background: current UK government led by prime minister Boris Johnson wants to call an early election. But Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 requires 2/3 supermajority in Commons for that, which the ...
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What happens if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton drop out of the 2016 American presidential race?

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 eastern B.C. and Canadian Prairies largely vote Conservative in Oct. 2019?

I screenshot CBC on Oct. 22 2019. I know these electoral districts (ridings) didn't vote Conservative — BC — South Okanagan-West Kootenay AB — Edmonton-Strathcona (too teeny to be seen in screen shot)...
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Do (district level) US House of Representatives elections record county on the ballot?

Situation: County X contains some but not all of Congressional Districts 1, 2, and 3. County X contains no entire Congressional Districts fully within its borders. What I want to know: The overall ...
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What are the red lines for the Haredim and the Joint List? Is there any indication they could support the same government?

The (Arab) Joint List hints at the possibility of supporting a centre-left–ultra-Orthodox coalition. Such cooperation sounds quite exotic, and I understand that the offer comes from the Joint List's ...
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Has the UK had an election, referendum, or similar result either not implemented or put again before being implemented (in modern times)?

Are there any examples from modern times of the result of a UK election, referendum, etc., not being implemented, or the question being put a second time (perhaps in modified form) before the first ...
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Canadian election: role of party leader when not chosen in electoral district

In Canadian elections every member of parliament (house of commons) is chosen in the electoral district in which he runs. Most of them are affiliated with one of the federal parties (some run ...
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Can Albanian PM Rama go ahead with the elections without President Meta's support?

A brief summary of the current situation in Albania, from the BBC: Albanian President Ilir Meta has cancelled local elections after months of anti-government protests. Mr Meta said the ...
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Is Obama's support of Trudeau's re-election “foreign interference”? [closed]

There have been concerns that the 2019 federal Canadian election might be the target of foreign interference. Former U.S. president and current American citizen Barack Obama issued a public statement:...
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What would happen if the Liberals and Conservatives won an equal number of seats in the Canadian Parliamentary elections?

In the answers to my question about CBC's poll tracker (In CBC's poll tracker, why do the probabilities of winning not add up to 100%?), it was mentioned that there could be a possibility of a tie ...
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What problems is Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) likely to face, given the lack of majority in the Senate?

According to the official results of the Polish parliamentary election, the Law and Justice party (PiS) has won majority in the Sejm (the lower house), but lacks majority in the Senate (the upper ...
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Why are British voters more likely to back the main parties in general elections than in European Parliament elections?

Recently, in the United Kingdom European Union Parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party won the most seats, with 30.5% of the vote. There are claims from Nigel Farage and others that the Brexit Party ...
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Has Nigel Farage given any recent indication whether his party is going to contest a general election against Boris Johnson?

It seems to me that the outcome of a UK general election in the next few months will depend in no small part on whether Nigel Farage will run (his party) against Johnson's Conservatives or support him/...
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Have any UK parties suggested uniting to neutralize the Brexit party by preventing a GE before 2022?

Nigel Farage and the Brexit party are extremely unpopular amongst all the other political parties in Parliament. The Conservative party has just rejected Farage's recent overture concerning a general ...
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Did the Brexit Party “dominate” EU elections in the UK?

According to the BBC headline the Brexit Part "dominated" the EU election results: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48417228 Yet if you look at the actual numbers it seems that they polled ...
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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 ...