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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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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 ...
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Are laws restricting electoral oversight to particular parties constitutional?

In Tennessee (possibly in other jurisdictions as well), each county has an electoral commission made of five members. Legally, three must be from the party that holds a majority in the state general ...
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Are ballot order laws constitutional?

Research has shown that the order of names on the ballot has a demonstrable effect on the outcome of the election. This implies that any fixed name order on the ballot gives some candidates an ...
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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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Do parties support the mayor/city council candidates in a Canadian city?

I voted in one prairie Canadian city for mayor and city council. In the country I was born, every mayor and counsellor is announced and supported by a party, which is known publicly. However, in this ...
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12th Amendment and President and Vice Presidents from same states

The 12th Amendment states The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same ...
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What is the difference between different non-vote strategies in Italy?

As an Italian voter for the 2013 political elections, I have the following options: Give a regular vote Abstain Blank vote Null vote (i.e. cross the whole ballot) What are the net effects of the ...
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When are Russian federal elections held?

Are there any laws that govern when elections for President and Duma/Assembly are held in Russia as far as date of the elections? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_Russia seems to have ...
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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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What is the magnitude of election fraud in the US? [closed]

I've recently been quite shocked to learn that in the US there is a serious amount of election fraud - at least in the presidential elections. Are there any numbers on the magnitude of this? I am ...
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If a governor or senator is chosen as a running mate (VP) to a president candidate, and that candidate loses, what happens?

If a governor or senator is chosen as a running mate (VP) to a president candidate, and that candidate loses, do they go back to their post as governor or senator?
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Why is proportional representation not considered in any of the US states?

While the Americans agree that the current two-party system is broken, I have not heard any real voices on changing it in any State. States like California, New York or Texas, which send large ...
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How does the Cuban system for municipal elections work?

In Cuba, the Communist Party of Cuba is the official state party. According to the Wikipedia article on the Cuban electoral system, Candidates for municipal assemblies are nominated on an ...
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In the US, why is there such a long time between the elections and inauguration?

In the United States, the elections were on 6 November 2012, but inauguration only on 20 January 2013, more than two months later. In France, the presidential elections were on 22 April, and the ...
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Is setting a “low bar” on qualifications for elected office similar around the world?

In the United States the official qualifications for becoming president, as laid out in the Constitution, are incredibly low. The only requirements are that: No Person except a natural born ...
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Does any other governmental body have constituencies similar to Seanad Éireann?

Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate) has rather unusual (unique?) constituencies. Three senators are elected by graduates of the University of Dublin. Three senators are elected by graduates of the ...
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Why didn't Americans Elect field a candidate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election?

Americans Elect was trying to get an alternative candidate on the ballot in the 2012 presidential election. The party was to hold a completely online convention to elect a party ticket to run. ...