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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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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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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

I find myself confused by the events of the day. The BBC reports them as thus Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed ...
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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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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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What functional purpose does endorsing a candidate serve?

Background In the United States, it is common for political officials, or former political officials to endorse Candidates that are running for other offices. For example, there are numerous ...
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Why not just put FPTP in one house and PR in the other? [closed]

Is it possible to get benefits of the two approaches (majoritarian and proportional) in a parliamentary system by making the lower house get elected by First-Past-The-Post and the upper one by party-...
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When are signature petitions made available for potential candidate mayors in Perth Amboy, New Jersey?

In Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA, the mayor is elected. A candidate must first collect a certain number of signatures in order to be listed on the ballot. The signatures, I believe, are required to be ...
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Are there any elected officials in the U.S. who are not legislators, judges, or constitutional officers?

This question is as put in the title. It is general knowledge that legislators, high executive offices, and some judges are elected. But are any other elected government offices? An example could be ...
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Has any president benefited in elections from partially repairing the economy after damaging it?

I've seen evidence that the American people (and no doubt people in other countries) tend to be rather myopic when it comes to deciding who to elect, specifically they only tend to look at the last ...
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Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC?

Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC? Or is it somehow outside their power to do so and each party can set up their own rules as long as ...
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Why won't the Republicans use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process?

Why won't the Republicans use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process? Is there a reason why they didn't push for this yet? What does the Republican party think of a ...
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How do campaign rallies gain candidates votes?

In my mind, only people that are already excited about the candidate would go. This means the attendees are mostly voting for the candidate anyway. Obviously this is not the whole story, rallies must ...
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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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Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia?

Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia? Is there a reason for this? AIPAC is known to be one ...
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Are there data on how England's European Parliament constituencies voted in the 2017 UK General Election?

For some research/data analysis, I would like to find electoral data from the 2017 UK general election aggregated by European Parliament constituency. For Scotland, Wales, and NI, these data are ...
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Is organizing “piggybacked” referendums something unusual in EU?

Romanians were also called to vote for a referendum when voting for EU Parliament elections in 2019. However, the organizing for diaspora voting was very problematic and many could not vote at all: ...
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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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What is the mid-term election in India?

I just wanted someone to explain me in a simple manner what the mid-term election in India is. What are the requirements and how is it conducted ?
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What is the rationale of holding national parliament snap elections after the EU elections results?

Short background In November 2015 the Romanian PM resigned due to street pressure related to a nightclub fire and the President managed to negotiate with the parties to sustain a technocratic ...
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In the US, can a former president run again?

In the US, can a former president run for president again, at a later time? Does it matter, whether his first presidency was one or two terms? Note: This is inspired from the TV Series "Designated ...
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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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Can Albanian PM Rama go ahead with the elections without President Meta's support?

A brief summary of the current situation in Albania, from the BBC: Albanian President Ilir Meta has cancelled local elections after months of anti-government protests. Mr Meta said the ...
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Can a state temporarily extend the consulate territory during some special events such as elections?

According to this Reddit discussion and this article (Romanian), during the 2019 EU elections, Munich police helped the voters by "extending" consulate territory: This is in Munchen. The German ...
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What vote percentage required to trigger UK revote

In the UK parliamentary general elections, what is the threshold where a tally would be considered unequivocally in favour of a certain party? I.e. if the Conservative and Labour parties had the two ...
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How are Blank votes distributed in the Portuguese legislative elections?

In the Portuguese legislative elections, are blank votes distributed equally by all parties or it depends on any factor?
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Why is Andrea Leadsom so unpopular in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest?

Apparently, Andrea Leadsom only has the declared support of two MPs in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest, herself and Heather Wheeler. In contrast, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, or ...
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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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Who will represent the party in the EU parliament after it won some seats?

Let's say party A has won 3 seats out of 10 seats in South East Region of UK in the recent European Parliament election. How does that party choose 3 out of its initial 10 MEP candidates whose name ...
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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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Is there an explanation for Austria's Freedom Party virtually retaining its vote share despite recent scandal?

In 2014 Freedom Party (FPÖ) has gathered 19.7% of total votes. According to latest estimates (2019), it has gathered 17.2%. For someone totally outside Austrian politics and hearing only about big ...
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Have people been prosecuted or fined for multiple cross-countries voting in EU elections?

Per a recent question here, an EU citizen may only cast one vote in the EU elections, even if citizen of multiple EU countries. I imagine however that unlike national elections, this kind of multiple-...
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Can exit-polls for European Elections be published?

European elections are run over multiple days - the earliest voting countries in the EU are voting today, and the final votes will be on Sunday. Is it permissible for an exit-poll for a single ...
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Why does it take so long to count the last 30% of votes in an Australian federal election?

I've noticed over several federal elections in Australia that around 70% of the votes are counted on election night. However, it then takes days, sometimes weeks to count the remaining 30% of the ...
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Why are some parties not accepting the 2019 election results in India? [closed]

The non-BJP parties like Congress and the Mahagathbandhan are not willing to accept their defeat in the general elections of 2019. What reasons do these parties state for not accepting the election ...
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Has any politician/party ever conceded an election and then won?

Watching the Australian elections I notice that a lot of seats were won with small margins and the loser will often concede the election with less than 50% of the votes counted. From what I have read ...
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In the Belgian election system, what is the effect of voting on every candidate of a party?

There are elections soon in Belgium. I have been told that I am allowed to vote on more than one candidate within the same party. If I were to give my vote to every candidate on the list of my desired ...
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Why isn't Austria's vice chancellor simply replaced instead of going for new elections?

According to Deutsche Welle, Austria's Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has announced that there will be new elections after the vice chancellor's involvement in the corruption scandal: Austrian ...
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Consequences of breaches of UK law in European Parliamentary elections

If a candidate breaks the law (e.g. exceeding spending limits) in UK parliamentary elections, I understand that the election can be annulled and rerun. What are the possible outcomes if candidates or ...
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What happens if an independent candidate in the UK gets two seats worth of votes in EU elections?

During the UK election for the European parliament, what happens if an independent candidate gets enough votes for two seats? Do they nominate someone to get the seat? Do the votes get shared out ...
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Have there been any elections which were rendered completely irrelevant by later events?

Due to not reaching an agreement about Brexit, the United Kingdom is forced to hold European elections a few weeks from now, on May 23rd. The elected members (across the European Union) will be ...
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Opposite party turned away from voting when ballot is all opposing party

I tried to vote today [May 7th 2019] in my local primary city elections in Westfield, Indiana. The poll workers asked me what party I was affiliated with, when I stated I wasn't a Republican they ...
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Did Modi violate the Anti-Defection Law?

The Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi has said that he is in touch with 40 lawmakers belonging to Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) and that they will quit the party once the LS elections are over ...
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Did Modi break the same law that got Indira Gandhi debarred?

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has found to have asked government officials to provide information on places that he will be canvassing during his campaign trail. It has come to be seen that he ...
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What is the point of Germany's 299 “party seats” in the Bundestag?

This question about Bundestag elections (How does the German Bundestag election system work?) does a good job at summarising Bundestag elections. Long story short: 299 directly-elected candidate from ...
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Was there an OSCE mission observing the Scottish independence referendum?

Even though the United Kingdom is an established democracy, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) did observe for instance the 2017 general election. There's both a "needs ...
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By what mechanism was the 2017 UK General Election called?

Did the 2017 General Election occur via the invocation of the following clause in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act? If the House of Commons, with the support of two-thirds of its total membership (...
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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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How does the possibility of snap elections provide an electoral benefit to voters?

I live in Canada, which used to have, inspired by the British system, federal elections every 5 years, plus the possibility of snap elections. It was actually reformed to every 4 years, fixed. My ...
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How does Belgium enforce obligatory attendance in elections?

Wikipedia's page on Voter Turnout states the following about obligatory attendance in Belgium: In both Belgium, which has obligatory attendance, and Malta, which does not, participation reaches ...
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Did only retired people vote in a majority for the Conservatives in the UK 2017 General Election?

I was looking through the wikipedia article for the 2017 general election in the UK, and found these numbers provided by a YouGov poll that broke down the voting results by demographic. Most of the ...