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Is there research to support the claim that "expanding the electorate" is an unworkable strategy?

Bernie Sanders claimed that "expanding the electorate" is a viable strategy for winning the 2020 presidential election. Even more importantly, they could prove Sanders’s theory of winning ...
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Does arresting specific types of people for voting illegally discourage those types of people from voting?

There were instances where voters were arrested for voting illegally in the state of Texas. Many of these arrests involve black and other nonwhite Democratic voters according to reports. Texas found ...
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Is there an election system in which the outcome is fractional?

Most election systems are "discrete" in the sense that each candidate is either elected or not elected. One could think of an election system that is "fractional", for example: if ...
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Are US Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to "graduate" to the Senate than Reps from poorer districts?

Some members of the US House of Representatives represent wealthy districts, and others represent poorer districts. Are Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to eventually become ...
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Isn’t having unequal numbers of Senators in each class unconstitutional?

The Constitution says that Senators shall be divided equally as may be into three Classes So wouldn’t the current Class 3 consisting of 34 members while Class 1 and Class 2 only having 33 members be ...
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NYC general election mayor polls: have any been released in 2021?

I have been wondering about the NYC mayor election. I paid a lot of attention to this primary, which had one of the highest turnouts out of any NYC Democratic primary. However, now that the candidates ...
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Galloway effect in Batley and Spen

This TLDR News video implies that George Galloway's 8000 votes in the 2021 Batley and Spen by-election come from the Conservative party voters in previous elections. A stance also held by the ...
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Why are American states permitted to vote their own election laws?

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that the Department of Justice would be suing the state of Georgia over its recent voting rights changes. While the case is obviously directed at the ...
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Is there a new divide between college & noncollege with *non* white voters in the US?

College graduated voters have been said to be trending towards the Democrats and the opposite with non college individuals. But that discussion seems to be isolated to white voters. I have seen ...
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When was the last time that a major party in GB polled <2% in a constituency?

The Labour Party garnered just 1.6% of the vote in the Chesham and Amersham by-election. When was the last time that a major party (Conservative or Labour) received <2% of the vote in a Great ...
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Examples of unintentionally confusing ballot design?

What are some examples of unintentionally confusing ballot designs used in relatively recent elections (say, 1980 onwards)? Examples from non-american countries are fine if accompanied by an English ...
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Why does a third party never reach the end phase of elections in the US? [duplicate]

In the US there are always two parties that get the major parts of the votes. A third party (like the Green Party) never reaches the end phase. I could imagine three (or more) men or women arguing in ...
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Which countries besides the United States allow voting in federal elections without a voter ID? [duplicate]

When trying to locate a answer for this question I was only able to find results which provided examples of countries which did not allow voting without some form of ID. Besides certain states within ...
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What is the latest time a House seat can be filled in Florida via special election?

I have suspicions on a particular House member in Florida being forced to leave office. (I will not disclose who it is because it is not relevant to this question but your guess is probably correct.) ...
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Relative state legislative special election performance so far: which party is leading?

I have been wondering about state legislative special elections. They are more numerous than House elections, and therefore are likely a better predictor of results. Relative to the district's ...
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How does Israel change its leaders without an election?

How does the Israel Constitution work in relation to the forming of a government? According to the Washington Post and the Times of Israel, Yair Lapid is supposedly creating a new government, and ...
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Have politicians elaborated on their use of the term 'the Big Lie' in reference to US election fraud claims?

As defined by Lexico, the Big Lie technique is A gross distortion or misrepresentation of the facts, especially when used as a propaganda device by a politician or official body. As explained on ...
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Can the US government profit from 2020 presidential election recounts?

Recent example. It seems to me that perhaps the government can simply bypass these lawsuits by allowing anyone who wants to perform recounts to do them, subject to two conditions: The recounters may ...
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How does Rita Hart know that 22 votes weren't counted?

Iowa District 2 votes were recounted multiple times and in the end, Republican Candidate Marianette Miller-Meeks won by a close election by 6 votes. Democrat Candidate Rita Hart claims that 22 votes ...
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Where can I download the voting results for UK elections?

Where can I download the voting results for UK elections? My question covers elections for the House of Commons, the London Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Parliament, the Northern ...
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Do Australian and Irish elections use ballot scanners on ranked-choice ballots?

I'm curious if Australia and Ireland (two of the most prominent users of ranked-choice voting) use machines to automate the electoral process.
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What if there is a tie in a House election in Iowa?

In Iowa's second district, there was a race settled by exactly six votes. The Republican candidate, Marianette Miller-Meeks defeated Democratic candidate Rita Hart in a very close election. Let's say ...
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Must Scottish voters cast both constituency and regional votes for their vote to be valid?

Scottish voters are heading to the polls on the 6th of May to elect 129 MSPs to a new term in the Scottish parliament at Holyrood. Each voter gets to cast two votes. Their first vote is a local ...
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Why does the Cook PVI of states not predict whether another state has (statewide) elected officials of the other party? [closed]

I've noticed something interesting: that the partisanship of a state does not seem to predict the willingness of a state to vote for people from the other party. Let's use January 1st, 2010 as a ...
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Is Duverger's Law a theorem or an empirical regularity?

I wanted to know if Duverger's law ("[T]he simple-majority single-ballot system favours the two-party system") was/can be derived from a mathematical model of elections, like the Median ...
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What prevents somebody with principles that do not align with a major US party from running for election their platform?

In the United States, because of the two party system, it is infeasible for somebody who isn’t an incumbent president to win an election without being part of either the Democratic or Republican Party....
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How to split vote-based funding in the case of multi-party electoral lists?

In designing a system of public funding for political parties, I want part of this funding to reward electoral performance. In order to avoid fairly reward each party, the amount of funding is based ...
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How does Alba's "list only" strategy work in Scottish Elections?

The Wikipedia section on the Election method for the 2021 Scottish Parliment describes the set up as; The Scottish Parliament uses an Additional Members System, designed to produce approximate ...
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In open-list voting systems, how do political parties ensure their leaders (and key figures) get elected?

In open-list voting systems, voters are free to select any candidate they prefer on the party list. The number of votes each candidate receives determines their rank within the list, and the higher ...
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Does it make sense for different opposition groups to field one candidate in the two-round system?

Does it make sense for different opposition groups to field one candidate in the two-round system, including in non-democratic countries? I don't see the point. Each candidate has their own voters, ...
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How did Alaska "change its primary system recently" and was it "to dilute the possibility of a conservative or Trump-inspired challenger"?

Politico's GOP pushes Murkowski to stay in line against Biden’s Covid bill includes the following: Murkowski is unique, however, and so is her home of Alaska. The state is suffering economically, the ...
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Is there a word or phrase for an election candidate who wants to win an office to prevent its role being done at all?

I am looking for a term for a candidate who wants and hopes to win an election, but has no intention of fulfilling the role if elected. He wishes to be elected in order to prevent it being done at all....
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If I do not have an ID, how can Michigan check that I did not attempt to vote multiple times at different locations?

Background In Michigan, if someone did not bring their photo ID with them, they are free to sign an affidavit as state below on the Michigan Secretary of State website: Voting Without Photo ID If ...
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How are the electors of the electoral college selected?

How are the electors for each party selected in the US presidential election?
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Does Mexico hold primary elections?

If so, are they held by all national parties? For executive and legislators? And are party non-officials eligible to vote? If so, only members or open? Note: Question is inspired by the nominating ...
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Is there an election System that allows for seats to be empty?

Is there an election System that allows for potential seats to be empty? E.g if there are 7 seats that could potentially be filled but the people voting only want 5 to be filled. For context: We are ...
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What can be some issues with this alternate procedure for recalling public officials? [closed]

There are many democratic procedures like recall elections which don’t need to take place within a fixed period of time, i.e. they can be continuously held until the replacement candidate gets a ...
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Why do so many Sheriffs run unopposed in the US?

I read that nearly 60% of the incumbent Sheriffs run unopposed. Why is that?
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What would it take to win a presidential campaign with no staff? [closed]

Imagine a person does not need to campaign to win, they are just adored by 60% of the country (USA) and does not need to do any press. How much work would it take to do all the paper work needed to ...
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What is a common failure rate in postal voting?

According to reporting by Omroep West, a postal voting trial in The Hague failed with over half of the ballots ruled invalid. The trial is an experiment for the upcoming general election in the ...
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Has the Michigan risk-limiting election audit process completed for the 2020 election?

Background On January 11th, a risk-limiting election audit for the 2020 election was conducted in the State of Michigan to confirm the integrity of the 2020 election in Michigan. The beginning of the ...
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Have there been (or are there) serious proposals to extend the terms of the US House of Representatives?

The term of the US House of Representatives is two years, which is very short compared to parliaments in other countries (e.g. in Germany the Bundestag is elected for four years and state parliaments ...
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Are there research results on what makes people in established democracies believe in election fraud?

One might assume that ballots and vote counts come close to an absolute truth, that large-scale election fraud is nearly impossible in stable and wealthy democratic countries: Public observers and ...
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Have there been any instances where both of a state's Senate seats flipped to the opposing party in a single election?

The Democratic candidates flipped both of Georgia's Senate seats, previously held by Republicans, in the 2021 runoff elections. Such a situation where both Senate seats of a state change party in a ...
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What powers do British constituency presiding officers have during elections?

I've been following a lot over the past several months, how US elections are conducted and the steps that are taken between an election and a new President being sworn in. Particularly, how the states ...
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Why was Warnock's election called while Ossoff's wasn't? Aren't they both on the same ballot?

Does this mean that a voter voted for Warnock but not Ossoff? I am confused since I would think they appeared on the same ballot and the tallies for candidates would be made at the same time the ...
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Senatorial Class I, II, III races; Special Elections; & Georgia

2020 was an unusual year for Georgia elections because they voted on both of their Senate seats after Senator Johnny Isakson's resignation in 2019 triggered an off-year special election between his ...
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Can Kevin McCarthy realistically be elected Speaker of the House, albeit temporarily?

There are various articles floating around noting that incumbent Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces "tight margins" for the Speaker's election, especially since the coronavirus pandemic may force ...
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Assuming Pelosi is Speaker, how would it affect the January 6th count if she refused to seat the Reps who plan on objecting to the electoral votes?

As Rep. Bill Pascrell said it, "Stated simply, the men and women who would act to tear the United States Government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress," arguing that the 14th ...
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Are there elections where the second place candidate becomes eligible for a different position? [duplicate]

According to Article 2, clause 3 of the US Constitution (since replaced by the 12th Amendment): In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the ...
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