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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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How often do local elections take place in England?

Local elections are coming up in England. When I look up Wokingham Borough local election results, it lists results from 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, and 2002. That ...
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What are Donald Trump's legal options if he loses the Presidential Election?

So assume sometime on the night of November 8th or maybe in the wee hours of the morning on the 9th, the media declares one Hillary Clinton the next president of the US. In response Donald Trump does ...
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Do snap/early elections usually benefit those triggering them?

I'm looking for an empirical survey (that hopefully covers more than one country) addressing the issue whether snap/early elections typically benefit those calling them, either the sole party in power ...
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What is gerrymandering?

What is gerrymandering? Is Adam Ruins Everything - Why Rigging Elections Is Completely Legal an accurate description of gerrymandering? What was the original idea behind it?
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How can I respond to Whataboutism?

While this uses examples that could be seen as supporting one side or the other, it is intended as a politically neutral question, to the extent that that is possible This has come up more and more ...
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Is there a difference between how Cambridge Analytica and the Obama Campaign got Facebook users' data?

Based on this answer, and the fact that the discussion was said to get off topic and I wanted to know more, I thought about asking this question to find an answer. It seems to me that both campaigns ...
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What is this line of counties voting for the Democratic party in the 2016 elections?

Here is a preliminary image from The Guardian showing the individual counties during the 2016 election in the United States: There appears to be a line of counties in blue, curving from Maine in the ...
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What is the purpose of direct mandates in the German electoral system?

Is the direct mandate’s main purpose to represent the election districts? What was the original motivation to build a mechanism like that (first/direct vote, excess mandates) into a electoral system? ...
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How do I know that my vote was counted?

Can American citizens verify that their vote was tallied correctly in the public/published results that determine an election? More generally, do there exist any systems that can simultaneously ...
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Why is Donald Trump so popular?

In the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump is (as of the 20th of Jan 2016) leading the Republican opinion polls, with almost twice the number of points as Ted Cruz. What makes him so popular?
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Why is voter registration necessary in the US voting system?

In Europe I lived in different countries and I was always able to vote (national and local elections in my home country, and local elections elsewhere) without having to do anything beforehand: the ...
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What election rules and voting rights are guaranteed by the US Constitution?

Following the recent US Supreme Court decision that gerrymandering for political purposes is not prohibited by the US Constitution, I realized that it can be hard to understand what rules related to ...
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Number of winning coalitions of state in the electoral college

Define a coalition as a subset of the set of the 51 states (counting DC as a state) that make the USA. Define a coalition as winning if the total number of electoral votes of the state in that ...
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What state/country, given the right, refuses to reelect any previous governor/president by most consecutive time?

In Brazil, mayors, governors and president have the right of one consecutive reelection since 1998. (Such right is being reviewed at Congress right now, but it is not relevant to this question). As ...
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How many known cases of in-person voter fraud could have been prevented by Voter ID Laws?

Liberals often claim that while there may be other forms of voter fraud in the United States, like voter registration fraud, the only kind of voter fraud that a voter ID law can possibly prevent is in-...
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Election system where votes dictate the power of the representative [duplicate]

Has there ever been a system where the votes received were the measure of power each winning candidate had in the legislature? I have found this under the name Direct Representation and Interactive ...
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What do these regions, that voted for the Democratic party in the 2016 election, have in common?

Reading this post and being inspired by the question: What is this line of counties voting for the Democratic party in the 2016 elections (the region labeled in the green color), we may wonder what ...
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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?

The BBC describes Navalny as Putin's main opposition rival (example article), despite the fact that he has rarely scored over 2% in opinion polls (at least two other opposition candidates score ≥6%). ...
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When and why did the American Republican Party become widely supported in the South?

The American Democrats and Republicans are often labelled with the colours blue and red respectively. However, the historical "blue states" and "red states" were once inverted from their current ...
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What is the rationale for foreign interference in a democratic election being intrinsically bad?

In Sanders on Trump and the challenge for the left – full transcript (published in the Guardian, which was behind Operation Clark County), Sanders describe Russian interference in the US presidential ...
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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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Can the British public request a General Election?

As some of you may know, as a result of the Panama Papers leak, David Cameron admitted that he profited from his father's Panama offshore trust. Among much confusion and anger, some members of the ...
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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 will happen if Wisconsin can't finish the recount in time?

As reported, the Wisconsin Elections Commission has accepted Jill Stein's petition for a recount of this year's presidential election. In a NBC article, it states: In addition, Wisconsin officials ...
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Can Bernie Sanders be a write-in candidate if he does not win the primaries?

Every source I can find says most states require an individual to register to be a write-in candidate for their votes to be tallied. So, has Bernie registered, or does the fact that he ran in the ...
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UK Westminster party with unelected leader calling the shots

I am interested in the possibility of a party being elected into Westminster in a UK General election, with the party leader failing to be elected in his or her constituency. If the party in question ...
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Could Gore have won the Florida recount?

In the comments on this question about elections won by one vote, I posited that the Presidential election in 2000 was "won" by Bush on the 5-4 split of the SCOTUS which halted the recount in Florida, ...
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As a dual EU citizen, which country should I vote in for european elections?

I am a dual EU citizen (which countries is irrelevant here, but both full EU members) and am wondering which of my two countries I should register to vote in for the next European Parliament Elections,...
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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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Why are there so many unscheduled/premature elections in Israel?

It seems (perhaps just an impression) that there are more Knesset elections in Israel lately which happen ahead of schedule than ones that happen when they are supposed to. Is that a correct ...
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What is the process for re-evaluating voting results in light of a compromised voting system?

If some evidence of tampering with voting systems from yesterday's election was found in the future, what would be the process for re-evaluating the results?
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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 are closed, taxpayer-funded primaries Constitutional?

In the United States, primary elections are publicly-funded (I had trouble finding a direct citation for this but top Google hits are in general agreement that taxpayers pay most if not all the costs)....
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Should politicians be bound to keep campaign promises? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What inhibits a winning candidate from doing exactly the opposite of what he promised? One issue with many, if not most, electoral systems is that politicians do not have to ...
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What was the highest recorded turnout in a major democratic election?

In the Soviet Union it was common for each election to have a 99% turnout, however those statistics were obviously falsified and nobody took them seriously. Likewise modern despotic regimes frequently ...
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If you sneak into a closed primary and vote as an independent, are you guilty of a crime?

One of my famous (to those who know me) arguments on social media. I live in Florida, and this friend of a friend is insisting I can vote in a Florida primary as an independent, contrary to literally ...
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Is the United States primary system detrimental to moderate candidates?

The argument says that because candidates must prove themselves as the most potent standard bearer for their respective parties in the primary election (to even get a shot at the general election), it ...
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How would a recount help ascertain the results of the 2016 US Presidential election?

As it's widely reported now, Jill Stein's raising money to request for a recount in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The campaign site states this as the reason: To give you a ...
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Why were US Congresional election results regularly overturned in the early 20th century?

This graphic from a FiveThirtyEight article shows dozens of Congressmen were removed from office during the first four decades of the 20th century due to having election results overturned. Why was ...
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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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Does the Trump tower meeting differ from standard opposition research?

As events of the Trump tower meeting unfold, President Trump has repeatedly cast the meeting in the light of a typical attempt at opposition research. Previously he has said: "I think from a ...
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Why does the UK Prime Minister need the permission of Parliament to call a general election?

I read in the news recently that Boris Johnson would need the approval of 2/3 of the House of Commons if he wants to call a general election before 'Brexit Day'. I am curious as to why this is the ...
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Is it illegal for foreigners to pay US citizens to engage in political activities in the US?

It's been reported that 13 Russian Federation citizens have been indicted in the US for waging a misinformation campaign during the last Presidential election cycle in the hopes of sowing discontent. ...
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Can I vote for two country elections with dual citzenship?

I have dual citizenship (German & American). I have grown up in both countries but currently live in the U.S. Recently, I have voted in the U.S. elections. However, I have never voted in the ...
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What is the latest date a general election in the UK can prevent a no-deal Brexit

Under the assumption that Boris Johnson becomes PM and intends to carry out a no-deal Brexit on the 31st of October, Dominic Grieve has said a number of MPs would be willing to bring down the ...
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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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What are the minimum requirements for a system to be called democratic?

I think the title is very clear, but I'll complete the question below: What are the minimum requirements needed for a system to be called democratic? Is holding elections every n years enough, or ...
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How to explain the importance of European Parliament elections to a regular folk living in Eastern Europe?

European Parliament elections are coming in 2019 and on several occasions I have heard various public figures arguing about their importance and that it is very important to show up and vote. However, ...
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What would be the effect of allowing voting against a particular candidate?

Driving to work this morning, I heard about the upset in the French primaries, and the announcer stated that “the French say that they do not vote for someone, but, rather, against someone”. Of ...
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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 ...