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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 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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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 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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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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What happens if not all ballots cast by mail arrive in time to be counted for the November elections?

I know this is a worst-case scenario, but the fact is that these three issues will happen concurrently during election season: Louis Dejoy, the new postmaster general and a major donor of Trump, has ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any timeframe restriction for scheduling an early election under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 provides for two ways that an early general election can be held before the end of the five-year fixed term: A simple majority vote for a motion of no confidence (...
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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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What was the Caucus App supposed to be used for?

As many of you may know, the Iowa Caucus results are delayed, and many are citing the failure of an app that was involved in the process. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/04/802583844/what-we-know-about-...
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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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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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Has a political campaign ever been “suspended”, only to go on and later win the election?

As a follow up to Why do primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are "suspending" their campaign when they exit it? - are there examples of politicians initially "suspending" ...
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Why is the voter turnout at EU level so low compared to national elections?

The voter turnout in the European elections in Germany in 2019 for instance was only around 62%. Notable this is still much higher than it was in previous EU elections there… Additionally the voter ...
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What is the cost of running in an election in the USA?

How much does it cost a major party to contest a seat in the House of Representatives? Uncontested elections to House and Senate are relatively common in the American political system. When a popular ...
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Are there any countries that require political parties to be democratically organised (and accept members)?

In many countries, members of parliament are elected on the title of political parties. For example, in The Netherlands, 81 parties have registered for the Dutch General Election, 2017. In most of ...
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Sortable table or spreadsheet with full, detailed 2017 UK General Election results for every constituency

I'm looking for a full sortable list of the results, for every constituency, ideally with as much information as possible: Turnout, # eligible voters, votes for each candidate (both # and %), winning ...
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Why do some human rights organizations oppose elections?

It appears that in nation-building there are two schools of thought: one that advocates holding elections as soon as possible, and one that advocates that nations must reach a certain level before ...
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Can you vote in a primary election in California if you will be 17 during the primary, but 18 during the general election?

This question is actually more for my friend rather than me, as I will be 18 for both the general and primary elections. He and another of my friends, on the other hand, won't be 18 during the ...
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Would a Government who lose the confidence of the House really delay an election until after the event over which that confidence was lost transpires?

Joe Watts, political editor of The Independent, published an article today titled "Ministers tell Theresa May to force through Brexit by calling election for days after EU withdrawal". She reports ...
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What are the procedural differences in calling a general election “notwithstanding the FTPA”?

I have seen suggestions in several places now that the government may try to pass a one-line bill reading: "Notwithstanding the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, we will have a general election on 15 ...
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Are there some statistics on the political affiliation of NESBs?

Non-English speaking background (NESB) is a demographic category often encountered in Australian publications. Are there statistics on the political party affiliation of NESBs (membership or just whom ...
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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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What arguments can be given in favour of financial barriers for participation in elections or electoral debates?

From this comment comes the quote: on a practical level, if you suck as a politician THAT much that you can't raise a paltry $50k in a country with 300Mil population, you clearly don't have enough ...
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How often do elections occur on or near Yom Kippur?

Julia Gillard has indicated that the Australian election will be held on September 14, which is the date Yom Kippur falls. This article says that no election has fallen on Yom Kippur since 1946, which ...
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Does running dead happen in elections outside of Australia?

In Australia, to “run dead” means to have a candidate run, but deliberately not do any campaigning, in order for your candidate to come third and be able to direct preferences reliably to another ...
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To what degree have Wikileaks influenced the 2016 US election?

It seems to have been largely ignored by the press but Wikileaks such as this where Hillary talked about droning Julian Assange genuinely shocked me. Joking about pussy grabbing is not good but ...
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Is the US-based observation that “the larger the proportion of minorities, the more exclusionary the electoral system” generalizable?

Trebbi et al. (2008) have observed that (in the US): Majorities tend to disenfranchise minorities through strategic manipulation of electoral rules. With the aim of explaining changes in electoral ...
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Why can't we directly elect ministers?

If we could elect Ministers directly and replace them at will, wouldn't it solve the problem of controversial Ministers' decisions provoking strikes? It can be applied to pretty much every country, ...
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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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In a California election, can you obtain the ballot of your choice on your own?

I'm only familiar with voting in states that have voting machines, so no paper ballots are involved. In paper ballot states, for example California, there seem to be a "standard" way of getting a ...
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Why has Rio Grande do Sul state (Brazil) never reelected its governor?

This question is created inspired in a comment at this related question: What state/country, given the right, refuses to reelect any previous governor/president by most consecutive time?
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Can parliament stop the PM setting a GE date after 31 October?

A bill that's passed both houses then needs Royal Assent from the Queen to pass into law & by constitutional convention the Queen always follows advice of ministers (the PM) on these matters. ...
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Medical examinations a person needs to pass to run for President of the USA

Does a person running for President of the USA need to pass any medical examination?
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How are superdelegates chosen for the Democratic primaries?

I found a nice table on how many delegates are assigned to each state, along with where those delegates come from. For the superdelegates, there were four subcatagories, Governor, Senator, ...
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Do any of the judges in USA (any jurisdiction) have to run for re-election?

Some of the judges in USA are elected positions. In those cases, there are 4 options: Position is elected for life Position is elected for a term and the person can't run again Position is elected ...
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For the Dutch general election, how many candidates can be on a list?

According to the Dutch language Wikipedia, any party list for Dutch general elections can list 30 candidates or twice the number of seats they received at the previous elections, whatever is most. ...
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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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Can a Prime Minister be appointed if they do not have a seat in the Parliament?

On December 12, 2019, UK will hold a general election. As stated in Wikipedia's 2019 United Kingdom general election: The election is to be contested under the same boundaries for 650 ...
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Is it customary for European Union to debate multiannual budget before agreeing on the grand strategy for the next 10 years?

European Union recently has had grand 10-year strategies - Lisbon strategy for 2000-2010 and Europe 2020 for 2010-2020. Now the debates have started about next multiannual budget for 2021-2027 but I ...
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Do any states require a resignation in order to run for office?

Based on a faulty memory, I suggested on a comment to this answer that there might be states which permit someone to run for two offices at once. That was obviously incorrect. What I was actually ...
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Any survey-based analyses of “why you voted that way” for the 2017 UK election results?

Were there some surveys conducted in the aftermath of the 2017 UK election (or even right before) that tried to find out what were the main issues that voters had on their mind in making their choice? ...
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What happens when a presidential candidate dies before being inaugurated…?

If the candidate wins the election but is never sworn in and dies, who is chosen and how?
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How frequently is the winner of the election not the person/party that received the most votes?

Most modern democracies select the government somewhat indirectly. The UK votes in 650 (currently, the number changes over time) separate constituencies each selecting a single MP by a first past ...
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Are there limits for participation in elections in the US? [closed]

Are there limits (age, crime,...) for participation in US elections (Congress, president,...), for people who vote or for candidates?