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Gerrymandering, Efficiency Gap Formula [closed]

I have a problem in which I have two parties. Party 1 is Purple. Party 2 is Yellow. There are a total of 135 votes. Purple has 75 of them while yellow has 60. There are 9 districts total. Each ...
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How does the CCP prevent the minority parties from obtaining too many seats and is there a hard cap on how many seats they can get?

While only the CCP holds effective power at the national level, there are officially eight minor parties that exist alongside the CCP.[2] Founded before the proclamation of the People's Republic of ...
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Are there prominent persons who expressed a believe that a government run by people chosen by sortition is more effective than a typical democracy?

Wikipedia's page on the history of sortition explained that some people believe that sortition solves the problems associated with representative democracies. Are there any scholars, politicians, ...
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How do parties really choose candidates in the US?

When I was growing up, I was under the impression that America’s candidates for President or Congress are chosen by primary elections. After watching the news more carefully, I later got the ...
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What Is Behind The Puzzling Timing of the U.S. House Vacancy Election In Utah?

U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R), of Utah's 2nd Congressional District, will resign on September 15, 2023, citing his wife's health concerns. A special election will be held on November 21, 2023, ...
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Does Germany hold by-elections?

I understand at a high level how the Mixed Member system used in German general elections works during the general election. Pages such as Electoral Reform cover this area reasonably well. What I don'...
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Exploring the causal mechanisms between democratization and economy growth

I have been reading a lot recently on a classic polsci question on the relationship between democratization and economic outcomes(see Boix & Stokes, 2003; Coppedge, in press; Epstein, Bates, ...
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Why does nobody seem to care about the municipal elections in Maharashtra?

Maharashtra is a major Indian state, home to the richest city Mumbai. Almost all of the municipal corporations in Maharashtra have elections overdue for over a year now (i.e. should have taken place ...
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Do more legislative seats make Gerrymandering harder?

In a system of single member districts, elected for an entire legislative body all at once, is it easier to gerrymander the map to favor one party over another in a two party system, with more ...
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How can Herbert Kickl be "the odds-on favorite" with a "personal approval rating.. among the lowest of any Austrian politician’s"?

Politico.eu's June 6 2023 Watch out Ukraine, here comes the Hungaro-Austrian Empire begins: VIENNA — Austrian politician Herbert Kickl is a pro-Russian, anti-American conspiracy theorist who ...
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Turkish elections: How to explain the anomalous fingerprints

On 14th of May, millions of Turkish voters went to the polls to cast their votes in the parliamentary elections. Recently, the official results were published in the website of the Supreme Election ...
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How do "opposition parties" in the North Korean parliament get their seats?

When looking at Wikipedia, I noticed that the Parliament of North Korea has multiple parties in the Parliament besides the Workers' Party, united under one coalition. From the question Is there ...
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What does social/public-choice theory have to say about plural v. unitary executive?

There are many state-level offices in the US that are elected by the people other than the legislature and the Governor, in the executive (Treasurer, Controller, Attorney General, Secretary, oil & ...
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How did the adoption of compulsory voting in Australia impact the partisan balance there?

Compulsory voting was introduced in Australia: for state elections in Queensland in 1915, excluding Indigenous Australians. Victoria introduced compulsory voting in 1926, New South Wales and Tasmania ...
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Will we know after the election how many people are denied a vote because of the new ID rules?

In the UK on Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections are taking place across England. To vote at a polling station, you will need to bring photo ID. This is a new law introduced by the current ...
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Is Norway a rentier and resource-dependent country?

I have been reading a lot on the rentier state literature and have noticed that papers published in the last two decades focus on the typical rentier cases such as Saudi Arabia or Venezuela. However, ...
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Can the CSU circumvent the new election laws of Germany?

The German Bundestag changed the election laws today. The CSU could now face the following situation at the next general election: They win nearly all constituencies in Bavaria, but they only get 4,9% ...
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Indian PLI Manufacturing scheme

Indian govt has announced Production Linked Incentive schemes (PLI) to boost manufacturing sector growth in India. As it can be seen it is biased towards capital-intensive industries. What could be ...
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What is an example of a political process in which every person’s vote amounts to something?

One of the most common grievances against elections is that it doesn’t matter if you vote because it won’t make a difference how the world is or significantly sway the outcome of an election. What is ...
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Requirements for citizens living outside the US to vote in elections

In the United States, people who are not residents of individual states cannot vote in federal elections for President, Senators, and Representatives. However, US troops stationed overseas are allowed ...
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Aren't PMs resigning months before the end of their term tactically beneficial to their successors?

I can't help recognising a pattern in the last week's resignation of Jacinda Ardern less than a year before the end of her 2nd term: John Key did the same near the end of his 3rd. What happens next is ...
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In the Dutch senate elections, how is the weighting for the electoral college for non-residents determined?

In The Netherlands, the Senate is elected by members of the provincial parliaments as well as the electoral colleges for the Senate, where the electoral colleges represent voters who do not live in a ...
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What was the nature of the sanctions that Arizona secretary of state and Governor-elect Katie Hobbs asked to be placed on Kari Lake?

The title of Axios' December 27, 2022 Arizona judge rules out sanctions against Kari Lake but orders $33,000 in fees states the outcome of Katie Hobbs's request (petition?) against Kari Lake. On the ...
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What if votes were open declarations?

Just hypothetically, what if an election involved the voting agency thoroughly compiling a registry of every citizen in the country and somehow trying to regularly confirm that they existed and were ...
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How can two tied candidates in a New Hampshire House race "share the seat"?

In the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the election for Rochester Ward 4 ended in a tie between Republican David Walker and Democrat Chuck Grassie, following a recount. Republican David ...
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History of a single party winning majority of legislative seats under proportional representation system?

A single political party winning majority of legislative seats is - in theory - very difficult under proportional representation system. Examples I am aware: Portugal 2022: The Socialist Party won ...
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What was the House Popular Vote excluding uncontested races?

In the aftermath of most Congressional elections, it is often noted that Democrats did better in the House popular vote than they did in terms of actual seats won, indicating a role for the incumbency ...
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How historically successful is the 2022 midterms for the Democrats?

I read in some places (Twitter feeds of Democratic officials mostly) that this election was better for the president's party than most (if not any) in history. How much is that true, with respect to ...
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Since 2020, do American Libertarian voters still prefer Republicans as their second choice?

It's accepted in conventional wisdom that Libertarians, if forced to choose between the two major US parties, tend to vote for the Republicans as their second choice. However, the Republican party in ...
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Why the Democratic exuberance and Republican dejection about the 2022 US midterm elections?

I don't know much about politics, but I'm very curious about the reaction to the midterm elections. Although, as of right now, the Republicans are still leading or tied for both the House and Senate, ...
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Do US Senate election run-offs run ad infinitum?

Watching the events unfold from across the pond (I am a UK citizen) I am keen to learn the systems in place with the elections in the US. I have seen that just like in the 2020 general election (Why ...
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What do the numbers mean after the R and D when describing seats in the House of Representatives?

I'm sure this is basic but my Google search results are overwhelmed by links to current events. [...] Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert appears in real danger of losing her R+15 seat [...] What does R+...
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Are restrictive voting laws really likely to significantly affect the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections?

I look at this map and don't see a big problem with those voter suppression laws. It's mostly red states that would hardly be flipped by the Democrats anyway (besides, it's midterms so the sitting ...
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Do parliamentary systems necessarily have episodes when replacement leaders can assume and keep power with very limited popular mandates and appeal?

Note: this isn't a dig at UK govt or promoting other systems. Not even all that much at Truss - I'll add another PM from a different ideological lean if representative of issue. Just a question ...
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How soon could the UK see a general election?

Bearing in mind that the Fixed Term act was repealed, what can the Commons do to trigger a general election? Would enough light blue moderates agree with the opposition to pass a parliamentary motion ...
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What would happen if the current prime minister lost their seat in a general election? [duplicate]

I was just reading this article about Liz Truss’s seat in Norfolk, and how the constituents are slowly revoking their support. It made me wonder what would happen in the (unlikely) scenario where the ...
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Algorithm for creating efficient test ballots [closed]

When preparing test ballots for voting machines that read hand-prepared, fill-in-the-oval paper ballots, is there an algorithm to prepare the ballots to guarantee each candidate (in a certain race) ...
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What procedures do parties use to vet candidates, to avoid those with major past controversies?

Herschel Walker The national Republican Party apparatus is standing behind its U.S. Senate candidate in Georgia, Herschel Walker, following a report in the Daily Beast that alleges he paid for a ...
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Illinois Presidential primaries

When voting in a primary in Illinois, there is a selection choose one of "Donald Trump, John McCain", Mit Romney" or "Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders" (these ...
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Can large loans be used by companies to circumvent political contribution laws in the United States?

https://youtu.be/CMLQrqYheiY?t=88 In this video, Poilievre describe that large loans are used for companies to give large donations to politicians, these large loans are never to be paid back and are ...
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Can Armenian Americans plausibly have a noticeable impact on the 2022 US midterm elections?

Turkish and Azerbaijani officials accused Pelosi of visiting Armenia and making statements there that would gather domestic support from the diaspora in view of the upcoming US elections. E.g. the MFA ...
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Is Ted Hickman right that he should've won his election in 2018? [closed]

Ted Hickman was the Vice-Mayor of Dixon, California, who prior to election penned a column insulting homosexuals and calling for a "Straight Pride month". After he lost his election he said ...
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Have the Taliban held/allowed any multi-candidate elections since coming to power?

Interestingly, the Taliban of 2022 appear to hold some limited local elections, although the example given there involved open (one vote per household) voting and (more importantly) one candidate, at ...
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What were the key factors that led to Truss being a finalist in the MPs vote and then winning the popular party vote, in the UK?

Like the question says. Now that the UK Conservative Party voting is done and a new Prime Minister installed (or imminently so today), what were the factors that led to her being one of the two ...
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In what Western Countries has any party or coalition been elected gaining a supermajority or such majority permitting constitutional amendments?

For the sake of the argument, the "Western" countries should include all Member States of the EU, and countries conventionally understood to be part of the "West". Any time after ...
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What if my mail-in ballot is thrown out by a Post Office employee after it was cast?

One thing that was on my mind is the theoretical potential for mail-in ballots to be discarded between being cast and received by election officials. Though this is obviously illegal (it would be ...
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Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war?

Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy Zelenskyy announced his candidacy in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential ...
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Are monarchies like Kuwait authoritarian, autocratic, constitutional monarchies, or mixed political systems?

I am trying to find a clear conceptual difference in terms of how different monarchies are defined or classified. For example, let's consider three countries with monarchies: Kuwait, UAE, and Norway. ...
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Would ranked choice voting force single issue voters to vote for more than one candidate or not be counted? [closed]

I am running for Senate in NJ in 2024 and I believe my voting bloc is merely a plural majority of all eligible voters but maybe not a majority (and probably not current voters, btw). If this is the ...
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How do US states maintain a secret ballot using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail?

How have US states implemented Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail in their voting systems? In particular, how is the secrecy of votes insured? I note that it would be compromised if bulletins where ...
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