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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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Why are many US school boards elected?

I think it is odd that school boards are elected in many if not most school districts in the United States. This makes me wonder what the political and historical reasons for electing school boards. ...
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FL-20 election two-party swing by precinct?

In Florida, there was a special election held on January 11 to the US House to replace the late Alcee Hastings. The overall swing was about 6 points towards the Democratic Party compared to the last ...
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Did the French right wing ever call to vote for left wing candidates prior to 2012?

I am searching for any occasions, prior to 2012 and especially between 1995 and 2007, at which the right wing, especially the French President Jacques Chirac himself, called to vote for left wing when ...
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Are There Countries Beside The USA That Have Partisan Elected Officials Run Elections?

In the United States, the predominant election administrators are county clerks elected as partisan elected officials, and state level secretaries of state, who are elected as partisan elected ...
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Are there elections where the result tally is made public before the election is complete?

The usual way of conducting elections is to start counting votes after the polls are closed or at least to only start announcing results after the last voter has cast their vote. There’s always some ...
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Why were the Liberal Democrats successful in the North Shropshire by-election instead of Labour?

In the 2019 general election, the Labour Party came in second in North Shropshire. In this year's by-election, however, not only are the Liberal Democrats the main challenger to the Conservatives, ...
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Is It A Coincidence That Election Day In The U.S. Is The Tuesday Closest To Guy Fawkes Day? [duplicate]

The question speaks for itself. An existing question is facially similar but doesn't get at this particular issue.
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NYC general mayoral and comptroller election results in New York State's 14th and 15th congressional districts?

I was researching NYC's mayoral election. Two districts stand out to me that are entirely within NYC: the 14th and 15th district. I am curious about how the election went in those two districts in ...
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Is there a version of IRV where eliminated candidates may come back if they gain enough votes?

In 2009 the Burlington mayoral election failed to elect the Condorcet winner while using IRV. Looking at the results table, there seems to be two simple modifications that could've changed the outcome:...
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What is a "sticker candidate"?

I'm looking through old election returns and saw that a candidate in the 1942 Michigan Senate election is listed as a "sticker candidate". What is a "sticker candidate"?
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What happens if some folks can prove that the election is rigged in Iraq?

As the election of Iraq was held two days ago and initial results are calculated, Muqtada al-Sadr had won the election, but some parties have strongly criticized the election and called it a "...
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New Jersey early voting statistics 2021

I typed "2021 early vote New Jersey statistics" into my search engine. I could not find any relevant results. Are there publicly available statistics on early voting in the 2021 New Jersey ...
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Early voting data for Ohio House elections 2021?

In Ohio there are two general elections for the House, in the 11th and 15th district. Both are to different degrees considered safe seats. Early voting started last Tuesday. I want to see the number ...
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Why isn't the CDU / FDP / AFD a viable coalition government in Germany (2021)?

Why aren't these parties considered a possibility to form a coalition government after the 2021 elections? They all represent the right-wing in Germany, and they have enough seats for a majority if ...
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How do the Ausgleichsmandate in Germany's Bundestag election work?

I'm aware of How does the German Bundestag election system work? but it seems rather broad and none of the answers go into detail about the Ausgleichsmandate (or leveling seats as Wikipedia translates ...
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What would be the political effects of the implementation of a Bhutan-like electoral system on a federal state? [closed]

Bhutan has a unique political system, in which elections to the National Assembly ( the lower house of the bicameral Bhutanese parliament ) happen in two rounds. In the first round, a nationwide vote ...
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Why is the US envoy to Haiti criticising the US support for Ariel Henry as prime-minister of Haiti?

According to the recent Democracy Now article, titled, Haiti Envoy Resigns Over Mass Deportations, Blasts History of US Interventions, Daniel Foote, the US envoy to Haiti wrote in his resignation ...
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How Will the California Recall Work Exactly?

If the current Governor doesn't get more than 50% of the vote, does that mean the next highest voted candidate wins? If the recall does get voted through, how long will the new Governor serve for?
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What happens if Gavin Newsom resigns or dies before the recall vote?

The U.S. state of California is holding a recall election to determine if Governor Gavin Newsom should be removed from office and who should replace him if removed. It is unclear to me what happens ...
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What are the obstacles to the Modi Government implementing "One Nation One Election"?

Prime minister of Republic of India Narendra Modi has emphasized on multiple occasions for the need of "One Nation One Election" Programme. In India some kind of election is always happening ...
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Is there a country where people votes don't equal one another based on their personal circumstances?

Sorry if this question is a bit harsh, but I am looking for any country (past or current) who implemented a system where people don't just have 1 equal vote each, a vote/point system that is based on ...
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Do non partisan elections have lower turnouts in the United States?

In the United States, local elections in odd numbered years have lower turnouts. School boards in general have the lowest turnouts. For example, there was a nonpartisan school board election in a ...
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How do I find a schedule for my local government elections?

I would like to have a say in who is on the counsil in my small village in Michigan. How can I find out when the next election is? The village website doesn't say anything about an election schedule. ...
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California Governor - Recall Election - Can you vote "no" and still pick a successor?

The explanation I have found so far for the upcoming recall election in CA is that there are two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? If so, who should replace him? (with Newsom himself NOT being ...
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Is there research to support the claim that "expanding the electorate" is an unworkable strategy?

Bernie Sanders claimed that "expanding the electorate" is a viable strategy for winning the 2020 presidential election. Even more importantly, they could prove Sanders’s theory of winning ...
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Does arresting specific types of people for voting illegally discourage those types of people from voting?

There were instances where voters were arrested for voting illegally in the state of Texas. Many of these arrests involve black and other nonwhite Democratic voters according to reports. Texas found ...
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Is there an election system in which the outcome is fractional?

Most election systems are "discrete" in the sense that each candidate is either elected or not elected. One could think of an election system that is "fractional", for example: if ...
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Are US Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to "graduate" to the Senate than Reps from poorer districts?

Some members of the US House of Representatives represent wealthy districts, and others represent poorer districts. Are Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to eventually become ...
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Isn’t having unequal numbers of Senators in each class unconstitutional?

The Constitution says that Senators shall be divided equally as may be into three Classes So wouldn’t the current Class 3 consisting of 34 members while Class 1 and Class 2 only having 33 members be ...
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NYC general election mayor polls: have any been released in 2021?

I have been wondering about the NYC mayor election. I paid a lot of attention to this primary, which had one of the highest turnouts out of any NYC Democratic primary. However, now that the candidates ...
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Galloway effect in Batley and Spen

This TLDR News video implies that George Galloway's 8000 votes in the 2021 Batley and Spen by-election come from the Conservative party voters in previous elections. A stance also held by the ...
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Why are American states permitted to vote their own election laws?

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice would be suing the state of Georgia over its recent voting rights changes. While the case is obviously directed at the ...
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Is there a new divide between college & noncollege with *non* white voters in the US?

College graduated voters have been said to be trending towards the Democrats and the opposite with non college individuals. But that discussion seems to be isolated to white voters. I have seen ...
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When was the last time that a major party in GB polled <2% in a constituency?

The Labour Party garnered just 1.6% of the vote in the Chesham and Amersham by-election. When was the last time that a major party (Conservative or Labour) received <2% of the vote in a Great ...
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Examples of unintentionally confusing ballot design?

What are some examples of unintentionally confusing ballot designs used in relatively recent elections (say, 1980 onwards)? Examples from non-american countries are fine if accompanied by an English ...
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Shut-out precincts in 2021 New Jersey governor's Republican primary?

In 2008 and 2012, and to a lesser extent 2016, there were some precincts where Republicans got no votes. Example of a shut-out precinct in Louisiana's 2nd district special election, 2021: I found ...
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Why does a third party never reach the end phase of elections in the US? [duplicate]

In the US there are always two parties that get the major parts of the votes. A third party (like the Green Party) never reaches the end phase. I could imagine three (or more) men or women arguing in ...
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Which countries besides the United States allow voting in federal elections without a voter ID? [duplicate]

When trying to locate a answer for this question I was only able to find results which provided examples of countries which did not allow voting without some form of ID. Besides certain states within ...
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What is the latest time a House seat can be filled in Florida via special election?

I have suspicions on a particular House member in Florida being forced to leave office. (I will not disclose who it is because it is not relevant to this question but your guess is probably correct.) ...
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Relative state legislative special election performance so far: which party is leading?

I have been wondering about state legislative special elections. They are more numerous than House elections, and therefore are likely a better predictor of results. Relative to the district's ...
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How does Israel change its leaders without an election?

How does the Israel Constitution work in relation to the forming of a government? According to the Washington Post and the Times of Israel, Yair Lapid is supposedly creating a new government, and ...
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Have politicians elaborated on their use of the term 'the Big Lie' in reference to US election fraud claims?

As defined by Lexico, the Big Lie technique is A gross distortion or misrepresentation of the facts, especially when used as a propaganda device by a politician or official body. As explained on ...
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Can the US government profit from 2020 presidential election recounts?

Recent example. It seems to me that perhaps the government can simply bypass these lawsuits by allowing anyone who wants to perform recounts to do them, subject to two conditions: The recounters may ...
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How does Rita Hart know that 22 votes weren't counted?

Iowa District 2 votes were recounted multiple times and in the end, Republican Candidate Marianette Miller-Meeks won by a close election by 6 votes. Democrat Candidate Rita Hart claims that 22 votes ...
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Where can I download the voting results for UK elections?

Where can I download the voting results for UK elections? My question covers elections for the House of Commons, the London Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Parliament, the Northern ...
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Do Australian and Irish elections use ballot scanners on ranked-choice ballots?

I'm curious if Australia and Ireland (two of the most prominent users of ranked-choice voting) use machines to automate the electoral process.
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What if there is a tie in a House election in Iowa?

In Iowa's second district, there was a race settled by exactly six votes. The Republican candidate, Marianette Miller-Meeks defeated Democratic candidate Rita Hart in a very close election. Let's say ...
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Must Scottish voters cast both constituency and regional votes for their vote to be valid?

Scottish voters are heading to the polls on the 6th of May to elect 129 MSPs to a new term in the Scottish parliament at Holyrood. Each voter gets to cast two votes. Their first vote is a local ...
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Why does the Cook PVI of states not predict whether another state has (statewide) elected officials of the other party? [closed]

I've noticed something interesting: that the partisanship of a state does not seem to predict the willingness of a state to vote for people from the other party. Let's use January 1st, 2010 as a ...
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Is Duverger's Law a theorem or an empirical regularity?

I wanted to know if Duverger's law ("[T]he simple-majority single-ballot system favours the two-party system") was/can be derived from a mathematical model of elections, like the Median ...

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