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French Election 2024 - seat share based on first round only

How would the 577 seats of the French National Assembly have been allocated if the first round of voting was the only round and the candidate with most votes in the first round only would have been ...
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Can the democratic party kick Biden without his consent and replace him? [duplicate]

Can the democratic party kick Biden without his consent and replace him? Some people are discussing whether Biden should step down so that the Democrats have a higher chance of winning the election, ...
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If Biden decides to step back or is replaced, When is the latest that can happen?

If Biden steps down, his candidate successor will have a hard time, as being lesser known. (S)he will need time to "build up". That is clearly a disadvantage, and probably it is the strong ...
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Why is Britain moving left and France moving right? [closed]

I don't understand the recent elections in Europe (no surprise there). How can Britain all of a sudden be radically left, but at the same time France all of a sudden goes radically right. Is there ...
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Why are UK General Elections near the start of a month?

The dates of the most recent UK General Elections were: Thu 4 Jul 2024 Thu 12 Dec 2019 Thu 8 Jun 2017 Thu 7 May 2015 Thu 6 May 2010 Thu 5 May 2005 Thu 7 Jun 2001 Thu 1 May 1997 Thu 9 Apr 1992 Thu 11 ...
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Why did Nigel Farage choose Clacton as the constituency to campaign in?

Nigel Farage has now been elected as a Reform UK MP for Clacton. Did he explain why he chose to campaign in Clacton specifically, rather than any other constituency?
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2024 UK election: What connects the regions where Liberal Democrats succeeded?

In terms of systematic differences such as demography, what connects the regions that turned orange and what connects those that turned red, during the 2019-2024 UK election cycle? Looking at the ...
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Is there a Comprehensive US Election Candidate Dataset?

I'm trying to find a dataset for every single candidate contesting for any form of election (federal, state, local) in the US for the past 3-4 years for a political video ad classification project. ...
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In a democracy, can parties cooperate to defeat an undesirable candidate?

Hundreds of candidates pull out of French run-off in bid to foil far right Brief summary: the French election had three parties, and all of them won roughly equal vote shares. Two of the parties hate ...
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How many 3rd-placed candidates does Macron's party have vs the LFI?

A proposed deal/strategy to block an RN win in the 2nd round: The high turnout on Sunday means some 300 constituencies are now facing potential three-way run-offs which, in theory, favour the RN. To ...
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Do we know a lower bound or the exact number of 3-way races in France's 2nd round of elections in 2024?

As RFI claims & explains: After Sunday's first round of voting, as many as 306 of the 577 seats in France's National Assembly could be decided in three-way races. In the last parliamentary ...
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How can Joe Biden be removed as candidate for the election? [duplicate]

Just an hour into Thursday night’s presidential debate, Andrew Yang — a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate — called on Biden to step aside. “Guys, the Dems should nominate someone else — before it’...
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Why is polling data for Northern Ireland so differently displayed on national polling sites?

I understand the political climate in Northern Ireland is very different, with there being no overlap in parties and frequently very different priorities in the public mind. It is not clear to me why ...
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Can the Chief Minister of an Indian state call a snap election in the state they govern?

It is generally seen that prime ministers (with the support of their party) have the power to call a snap election. Do CMs of states have the same power, generally speaking? Or the central government ...
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How often do snap elections end up in favor of the side that triggered them?

Both France and the UK are about to head into a snap election. Presumably both Macron and Sunak decided to run one because they believe that their side will gain more seats compared to the ...
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Need and significance of pre poll alliances

During the Indian elections in 2024, the alliance NDA got 292 seats. That is a clear-cut majority to form the government. Then why is there confusion about whether NDA will form the government or not? ...
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Which party would benefit most if everyone voted in the UK general election?

Every time there is a general election acquaintances tell me they won't vote because their vote won't make any difference (or words to that effect). I have long since given up trying to argue with ...
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What is the point of triggering of a national snap election immediately after losing the EU elections?

French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved parliament and called a fresh election. The only justification sounds a little bit vague: “France needs a clear majority in serenity and harmony. To be ...
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Would there be a partisan advantage to allowing people aged 16 and 17 to vote?

The Liberal Party of Canada recently floated the idea lowering the voting age from 18 to 16. Canada's conservative circles have pushed back hard against the idea; one Twitter poll I can't find put ...
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Can campaign promises be enforced by a contract, or has it ever happened they were?

A common problem where I live, and I assume everywhere, for at least the past 4 decades (and I assume it has been a problem for centuries), is that politicians make a lot of campaign promises which ...
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Why was the Workers Party of Britain not invited to the BBC Election Debate?

The BBC will have an Election Debate, and it just confirmed it is inviting 7 participants from 7 parties, two of which only had 1 MP in the recently dissolved parliament. Is there a reason why the BBC ...
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What's the (evidence) basis for calling Robert Kennedy Jr. a "fake anti-vaxxer"? [closed]

According to CNN Kennedy's campaign has been attacking Trump on his association with Fauci (more or less implying that Trump has been Fauci's puppet, as I understand--n.b. that seems to go hand in ...
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Why aren't alliances and independent runs more common in the UK?

Both Australia and the UK have single-member constituency-based representative electoral systems with a similar ratio of voters per seat. However, while it is common in Australia for parties to form ...
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Updated database for polling?

I was looking around for an updated database/list for national polling of 2024 US elections without much success. The obvious first try is wikipedia but it is not updated regularly (for example, it ...
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Why is Trump's FEC filing case different from Hillary Clinton's?

As I understand it, the charges against Trump are brought by the State of New York regarding a falsification of filing records by a campaign which was determined to have been made to influence (...
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Why are there no predictions of the South African parliament while the result is basically known but final results have not been announced?

As of noon UTC on the 2nd June the results of the South African election have not been officially announced but are expected imminently. The vote proportions are being reported to 3 significant ...
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Why is it legal for a candidate to fund raise for a PAC, given that PACs aren't supposed to coordinate with them?

For example, Joe Biden recently visited Seattle and one could attend the event in exchange for a donation ranging from $500 to $25,000. Most of the donation goes to the "Biden Victory Fund" ...
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Has a party in the UK ever won parliament while losing the popular vote?

It is at least theoretically possible for a party to win a majority in parliament while an opposing party wins a majority of the popular vote. There are 650 seats in Commons, and an average of about ...
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Are US state political parties required to nominate the most popular candidates in their local primaries/caucases? [closed]

Do US state political parties have the freedom to arbitrarily decide which candidate ends up the nominee? Does that restriction/freedom hold at the national party level as well?
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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

Since the 2024 UK local elections were held last week, Rishi Sunak has claimed that the general election result is "not a foregone conclusion", and that there may be a hung parliament at the ...
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Is Ecuador v. Mexico the first 'elections interference' case at the ICJ?

CNN: Ecuador also accused Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of interfering in Ecuadorian politics, by making “false and injurious statements” that questioned the legitimacy of last year’...
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Why do AAP do well in local election but not in general election of Delhi?

In the 2015 and 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections, the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) won 67 out of 70 and 62 out of 70 seats respectively. It is a landslide victory. However, during the same periods, ...
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TINA problem in democracies: has it been studied? [closed]

Many modern democracies seem to have the TINA problem : There Is No Alternative. For example, in the US - its Biden vs Trump. TINA anyone else. In India, its either corrupt Modi or a coalition of ...
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Voter turnout and confidence in results

A vote in my university had 2800 eligible voters, 16.8% turnout, and 54.7% of yays. Many people on both sides are wondering if the small electorate, low turnout, and narrow margin means the results ...
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Who are the weird characters behind George Galloway in his Rochdale elections victory speech?

Recently, George Galloway won the Parliamentary by-elections for the constituency of Rochdale. In his otherwise-solemn speech following the announcement of the results, there are a few colorful ...
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What Is The Actual Step-By-Step Informal Process of How A Regular Citizen Becomes A Congressmen?

In the case of the executive branch, there is an incredible difference between what someone needs to do/be to become president "on paper" (I.e, Being 35, being a natural-born citizen that ...
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Have other countries raised serious concerns on Pakistan elections?

Recently Pakistan concluded elections for its National Assembly and provincial assemblies. I have seen the US and UK official statements on these elections raising concerns on fairness. The European ...
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What's the point of US presidential polls that poll people in general rather than dividing them by state?

I went on to this website https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/national/ to see recent presidential polls because I am interested in having an idea of who would win the ...
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What does North Korea gain from making voting compulsory?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting What does North Korea gain by making voting compulsory? North Korea doesn't have a democracy, and yet, it practices compulsory voting. What does North ...
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Are there any examples of elected bodies where representatives with equal titles have actually different "weight" to their votes?

A common theme in electoral reform is adjusting the way representatives are selected using the results of an election: multi-member districts, ranked-choice-voting, party-proportional representation, ...
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What range of rules are used in major democracies to limit candidate eligibility for high office?

These two recent questions partially cover the "who is eligible to stand for office" question: Is there a precedent in Western countries where a state court has prohibited a candidate from ...
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Is there a correlation between government responsiveness to individual/voter concerns and subsequent reduction in policy demands?

In democratic states, is there a correlation between government responsiveness to individual concerns and subsequent reduction in policy demands? I am curious because recent polsci papers on ...
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In Ranked-choice voting, are exhausted ballots removed from the total vote count for subsequent rounds?

Original question: Oregon will be voting on the use of Ranked-choice voting in 2024, and I am preparing a presentation for interested local community groups to demonstrate how the process will operate....
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Is it legal in the US to offer a candidate money to drop off a senate race to run against another candidate?

Hill Harper just tweeted this: I didn’t intend for a private phone call to turn public. But now that it has, here’s the truth. One of AIPAC’s biggest donors offered $20m if I dropped out of the U.S. ...
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Has China been caught trying to manipulate the elections in other countries than Taiwan?

Although senior Taiwan officials, including the head of the National Security Council, Wellington Koo, have this year warned that China could try to sway the presidential and legislative elections ...
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Have there been any successful voter turnout campaigns that resulted in an election upset?

In a recent local election in New York, turnout was as low as 11% in some districts: Usually, Council elections are held every four years. But once every two decades — thanks to the way the calendar ...
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For countries with a runoff system, how often does the second place candidate end up winning in the second round?

Countries such as France or Argentina have an election system where the top two candidates proceed to a final runoff round. Historically speaking and across all (or a large number of) such countries, ...
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What was the rationale for resetting Putin’s presidential term count in 2020?

According to Wikipedia, “this limitation has since been overhauled in large part due to the constitutional amendments that were ratified in 2020. One of the amendments passed reset the terms of both ...
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What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election?

What were the postal vote figures in the 2023 Tamworth UK by-election? I have looked in many places online and could not find them (if they were published)
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In Poland, can one vote in a different constituency (without doing any prior paperwork or moving)? How does this work?

My understanding was that in most elections around the world, one must vote in the constituency that one is resides in or is registered in. To vote somewhere else, one must do some paperwork and/or ...
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