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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 can the UK Labour Party get a majority without a plurality of the popular vote?

It's often said in UK politics that the Conservatives usually require a 7 percent lead in the popular vote to gain an overall majority of seats in the House of Commons; but the Labour party can get a ...
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Is there a federal law that prevents a person from finding out which US Congress candidate another US citizen voted for in a previous election?

One of my friends claims that If you vote in the 2014 US Congress election, any person can find out who you voted for. I searched around, and the consensus appears to be that this is not allowed ...
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Rajya sabha member and Election in India

How is rajya sabha member elected ? What is the process of Rajya Sabha election?
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Question regarding concessions during presidential elections

If I wrote my own name on the ballot while voting for the president, don't I also have to concede to the winning candidate on Election Day, like the other candidates do? Is there a rule that only ...
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If Democrats lose the Senate now, what are the chances of getting it back in 2016? [closed]

If Democrats lose the Senate now, what are the chances of getting it back in 2016? It seems that all the pollsters agree, Repubs have a better chance at gaining Senate control than not. It's tight, ...
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Does a presidential runner up get automatic security clearance in the US?

I was wondering the case where a hypothetical candidate makes a campaign promise, and after getting access to classified briefings may come to believe that their promise cannot be fulfilled because it ...
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Why do parties wait to release their election year policies?

It's election year here in New Zealand, and we're about 2 months out from voting day. The election year build up as been in the media for a few months now, but parties appear to be holding on to ...
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“The first federal recall election was held on January 14, 2014.” What was the name of the court case?

The last paragraph of a now-deleted answer states that there was a court case brought to recall a federal representative. The first federal recall election was held on January 14, 2014 in ...
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How likely is Greece to hold general elections by summer 2015?

Next year (in spring, I think) Greece will hold elections for the Presidency of the Republic. It is my understanding that this may lead to general elections if the candidate for President of the ...
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Why does the new Australian Senate first sit so late?

I don't quite understand why the new Senate does not come into effect until 1 July, operating with the previous election's results, when the new House of Representatives sits almost immediately after ...
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Is popularity with the Russian public important for Putin?

I've read reports (pre-dating the shooting down of MH17) that the war in Ukraine has increased Putin's popularity with the general Russian public. Link1, Link2. However, does Putin need to be popular ...
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In an MMP system, why don't parties game the system by splitting into two parties?

In New Zealand, we have a Mixed Member Proportional system. Voters have two votes. The electorate vote is used to vote for a candidate to represent their electorate. This vote is determined on a ...
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Are Running Mates Constitutional (US President/VP)

I was reading over the US Constitution and Amendments when Amendment 12 jumped out at me. I've always thought that Amendment 12 specifically said that Presidential Candidates and Vice Presidential ...
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How do elections determine who is “leading” or “elected” with partial results?

Every time a provincial or federal election comes on here in Toronto, we look at the partial results and report on "leading/elected". I've never understood how this is calculated. How do the major ...
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Data Source for 2012 US Congress and US Senate Elections

I need to find a good data source for the 2012 United States Congress and Senate elections. I have found this: http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/federalelections2012.shtml The problem is that it is ...
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How can some politicians become cabinet ministers without winning elections in India?

Smriti Irani and Arun Jaitley both lost the elections in the recent Lok Sabha elections in India, so how can they become cabinet ministers if they didn't even win the election? Mustn't one be a member ...
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Would shorter election cycles bring cleaner and better politics?

In the Czech Republic it is estimated that about 10% of the governmental expenses are lost as cost of corruption (I think the source is Transparency International, but I can not find it now). This ...
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Are approval ratings and election results considered comparable?

A recent Washington Post piece, Why Republicans feel so good about the 2014 midterms, in 1 chart, there is a (rather poor) chart showing the difference between Obama's 2012 election vote percentage ...
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Why is Register of Deeds an elected position?

From what I can tell about Register of Deeds/Recorder of Deeds/etc., the job seems little more that a clerk position with little room for an agenda. Is there a political component to the job? Why is ...
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What is the procedure to change FPTP to PR system in India?

Does a constitutional amendment is required to change the First Past the Post System to Proportional Representation System in India? If so, what are the steps needed to do that? Does FPTP mode of ...
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Does Hungary fulfill the requirements of democracy given by the facts on the new voting system?

We had an election with a new voting system which was created by the governing party. The election system works like this: You can vote for electorates and party list. Half of the parliment comes from ...
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What is “Absolute Majority”?

What is an absolute majority? Two definitions seems to contradict each other. The first is that an absolute majority is a majority of all the possible votes, including votes of electors not present ...
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Why do oppressive regimes cheat in the election process rather than simply faking the results?

Why do so many authoritarian regimes bother with voter fraud and ballot stuffing? For example, after Hitler's annexation of Austria, intrusive propaganda and threats were used to make everybody vote ...
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Do electoral institutions ensure that political leaders are responsive to the interests of the population as a whole?

I was wondering if elections really insure to the people that their voices will be take into consideration in the political decisions? According to Max Weber, Aristote, Alexis de Tocqueville, ...
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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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Is there any reason to vote against the predominant majority?

Let us take the example of voting in a U.S. presidential election. If one lives in a blue state for which the outcome of the vote is known to always favor the Democratic candidate, is there any reason ...
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What is the history of the electoral college in the US?

More specifically; how did the electoral college get to the point where the vote of the people who make it up is determined strictly by popular vote? Did it have anything to do with technology ...
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Can a super PAC give to both democrats and republicans?

I created a visualization using Federal Election Commission data. Here are the top five super PACs who contributed the most during 2011~2012. The super PACs are: Restore Our Future, Republican ...
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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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During an election how is it decided whose name is on the ballot

If the name anyone who wanted to run for office appeared on every ballot, then election ballots would be unmanageably long. For high-profile elections, there is almost always a democrat and ...
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Doesn't the 14th Amendment guarantee that anyone can run for president? Not just natural born citizens?

If, as the 14th Amendment states, any naturalized citizen is afforded all the same privileges and protections of the law as a natural born citizen, then doesn't this mean any citizen can run for ...
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Do campaign contributions create a conflict of interest for politicians?

My understanding of politics in the US is that a large portion of campaign funds come from different lobbying groups and special interests. Does this create a conflict of interest for politicians ...
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How long does it take for a parliamentary government to hold unscheduled elections?

As I understand the parliamentary system, there are circumstances under which new unscheduled elections are held. If a governing coalition falls, there's a vote of no-confidence, or if certain people ...
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How were the votes split on the Danish Folketing election the 26th of July 1881?

I'm researching Danish election results back from the first election in 1849. However, I've been unable to find any information on the election the 26th of July 1881. Wikipedia has an article for all ...
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Database of all US federal, state and county elections and candidates

Is there any centralized public resource out there that compiles upcoming elections, candidates, and results for federal, state, and county levels in the US? I'm trying to do some research, and I ...
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Can US Election Schedules be changed in an Emergency?

The US has a large number of elections, mostly on fixed schedulers. Does any provision exist for changing those schedules in an emergency, for example postponing an election during a time of war? Or ...
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What was the lowest known voter participation rate?

So, comments in this question mentioning extremes such as "nobody voted in election at all", led me to wonder: What was the election where the LEAST percentage of eligible voters participated? The ...
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In Italy, can a party run for the elections with two different lists (in the same group)?

Under the current law&rules, can an Italian party sign into the elections with two different lists, joined into one coalition, or is there a rule explicitly forbidding that? (notice that lists ...
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Can Bloomberg run again in the future, or is the 3-term limit absolute?

What I mean is, are Mayors of NYC limited to three consecutive terms, or three terms in their lifetime? I couldn't find any answer to this question anywhere. Could Bloomberg run again in another 4 ...
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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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Did any jurisdiction ever restrict franchise purely by IQ?

As we all know, 100% universal franchise is fiction - in every country, no matter how democratic, SOME people are excluded from franchise (felons, under-18-year-olds, foreign nationals, etc...). Was ...
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Did any US president win elections without extensive campaigning?

I believe it's true that every elected president has survived the campaign trail, so I'm not sure how useful a metric that is. – @Avi in a comment. I'm curious if that's an accurate belief. Limiting ...
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What am I supposed to vote for?

Germany is a democracy and there is an important election on Sunday. I know I can vote any of the parties written on the list or nothing, and that within this limitation I am completely free to make ...
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Was Australian Labor loss due to internal party conflict?

One of commentors on a Slashdot article (somewhat tangentially to the question's topic, discussing a Liberal Democratic party Senate win) noted that the main reason Labor lost the nation-wide election[...
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Websites for understanding preference flows in the Australian senate

In Australia, candidates from some very minor parties look like they'll winning some seats. For example, a candidate from the Australian Sports Party looks set ABC link to win a seat in Western ...
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What was the largest popular vote election ever held?

What was the largest popular vote election ever held for a personally-held position? This means an election for an elected position, with people directly voting for the choice of candidates (e.g. US ...
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In Australian Senate elections, why isn't the quota recalculated based on exhausted votes after each count?

In Australian Senate elections, why isn't the quota recalculated based on exhausted votes after each count? In order to make sure the 2010 election was what I remembered it, I reviewed the AEC full ...
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Why did New Zealand adopt Māori electorates?

Why did New Zealand adopt Māori electorates? The account of the debate on the encyclopaedia is lacking. What caused New Zealand to adopt Māori electorates, where other settler societies did not ...
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Where have non-consecutive term limits been used? What were the results?

Good arguments are made both for and against term limits. I've often wondered about a hybrid system: you can be elected as many times as you can manage it, but never to two terms in a row. This would ...
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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 ...