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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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What parts of UK local election campaign literature sway votes?

At the latest local election in England, my school friend ran for office and failed to be elected. Because I've dabbled in marketing, he showed me the leaflet he posted through doors for feedback. I ...
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Who has the right to form the government in Karnataka after the election results?

Karnataka state election results for 2018 were as follows: Bharatiya Janata Party: 104 Indian National Congress: 78 Janata Dal (Secular): 37 Others: 3 Total: 222 BJP is the single largest party ...
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How do I hire a campaign manager?

How do people running for office hire campaign managers? For many campaign-related professional positions it's easy to reach out to a firm specializing in that field (campaign law, accounting/finance,...
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What does the Pakistan election mean for the US?

Pakistan is an important ally in South Asia to the US, but the relationship isn't stable, particularly not recently due to the US drone program and some harsh words from Trump. With the upcoming ...
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Half-chamber elections

The Great Sejm of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth took four years - twice the usual term - and newly elected deputies simply joined the old ones instead of replacing them, effectively doubling the ...
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Why doesn't the US just take over impovered parts of North America? [closed]

How is a country incorporated peacefully by another without governmental conflict? Maybe a vote to join can take place between the 2 countries. The only real problem would be drug warlords and I ...
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In U.S. local politics, what is the relationship between a campaign and a party?

The U.S. uses a weak party system: candidates can run under a party's name with little or no support or recognition from that party. In an organizational sense, how does a local political party ...
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Why does the BBC claim that there is 'no clear winner' in England's local elections?

In the latest local elections in May, Labour won 2,350 seats (up 77), the Conservatives 1,332 (down 33). There were other parties involved, but these are the main two. The BBC has an article (2018-05-...
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Is it customary for European Union to debate multiannual budget before agreeing on the grand strategy for the next 10 years?

European Union recently has had grand 10-year strategies - Lisbon strategy for 2000-2010 and Europe 2020 for 2010-2020. Now the debates have started about next multiannual budget for 2021-2027 but I ...
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Have Facebook or Zuckerberg ever suggested that people should seek alternatives to Facebook in seeking/ verifying news? [closed]

In light of allegations that Russian interests utilized FB advertisements and other elements of the FB platform to promote "fake news" and influence the outcome of the 2016 election, have Facebook or ...
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Is it illegal for foreigners to pay US citizens to engage in political activities in the US?

It's been reported that 13 Russian Federation citizens have been indicted in the US for waging a misinformation campaign during the last Presidential election cycle in the hopes of sowing discontent. ...
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Is there a difference between how Cambridge Analytica and the Obama Campaign got Facebook users' data?

Based on this answer, and the fact that the discussion was said to get off topic and I wanted to know more, I thought about asking this question to find an answer. It seems to me that both campaigns ...
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In Mixed-Member Proportional representation system what percentage of people vote for different party than MP's party?

In Mixed-Member Proportional representation system electors have two votes first for an MP and second for party. My question is there some figure of how many people vote for party in second vote ...
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In a California election, can you obtain the ballot of your choice on your own?

I'm only familiar with voting in states that have voting machines, so no paper ballots are involved. In paper ballot states, for example California, there seem to be a "standard" way of getting a ...
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Do left wing organisations fight against disenfranchisement in countries/states where disenfranchised voters typically vote for right wing parties?

As an example, Voter ID laws are disfavored by the Democratic party in the US because those laws lead to the disfranchisement of minority and low-income voters. But at the same time minority and low-...
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Why do some human rights organizations oppose elections?

It appears that in nation-building there are two schools of thought: one that advocates holding elections as soon as possible, and one that advocates that nations must reach a certain level before ...
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Italian election definitive results?

http://elezioni.interno.gov.it/camera/scrutini/20180304/scrutiniCI This page shows the results for the Italian elections; however, they appear not to be complete (Sezioni: 61.374 / 61.401). My ...
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Is it possible to call an Early Election in the US?

In the hypothetical case that every member of the government (president and vice president included) wanted to call an early election, replacing the sitting president and vice president, would they be ...
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What can an independent election observer in Russia do if they notice irregularities?

In the recent Russian presidential elections on March 18, 2018, foreign reporters and election observers noticed irregularities, incidents of election fraud and general violations in the voting ...
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What effect did Russia have on Trump winning the Republican primaries?

There appears to be clear evidence of Russia tampering in the US election in favor of Trump, the DNC e-mail leak and propaganda bots etc, which could partially explain Trump's winning of the final ...
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How can voter ID laws in U.S. hurt minorities from voting? [duplicate]

A lot of studies have found out that compulsory registration for voter ID card primarily hurts minorities like African Americans and so most Republican states are deploying it. Link - https://www.vox....
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Can non-US citizens join super-PACs or pay for attack ads in the US?

Is there any law which prohibits foreigners (non-US citizens) from spending billions of dollars to sway U.S. elections by deliberately placing attack ads against certain political parties ? Can ...
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How does the Australian Electoral Commission avoid partisan bias?

I was watching a Vox video on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, and thought how lucky I am that gerrymandering is not generally considered to be much of a problem here in Australia. Some states had ...
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How do the voting preferences differ between people who do vote and those that don't?

In most developed democracies the percentage of people who vote in a general election is between 50 and 90 percent. Has anyone tried to measure how different election results would be if only the ...
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Declining trend in voter turnouts

Why are voter turnout trends on the fall in an average around the world? On analysing the voter turnout trends on Voter Turnout Database, the average turnout comes out in sixties.
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Election system where votes dictate the power of the representative [duplicate]

Has there ever been a system where the votes received were the measure of power each winning candidate had in the legislature? I have found this under the name Direct Representation and Interactive ...
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In the USA, who decides who can run for president, the states or the federal government?

From twitter BREAKING: Maryland is on the verge of passing a law requiring all Presidential candidates to release their past 5 years of tax returns in order to be placed on the election ballot. ...
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How did Agus affect Ahok's election?

Agus, Ahok, and Anies were Jakarta gubernatorial candidates. Some say that Agus wasn't a serious candidate. He was there to help Anies win. Basically, the gubernatorial election is done in 2 stage. ...
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Why don't US presidential candidates get thrown into jail by their opponent during election?

In Jakarta, Ahok and Anies are both running for gubernatorial election. One Anies supporter uses one of Ahok speeches to accuse him of blasphemy. Article: Ahok denies saying the Quran tricks people ...
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Can the imprisoned Egypt presidential candidate Ahmed Konsowa be on the ballot? What is the law applying to him?

I found a tweet by POMED (Project on Middle East Democracy) that shares an image whose title is: Dropping like flies: Sisi's purge of potential candidates in Egypt's presidential "election": The ...
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Why does the libertarian party earn so few seats? [duplicate]

Libertarian party is moderate. A survey by David Kirby and David Boaz found a minimum of 14 percent American voters to have libertarian-leaning views.[69][70] (source) It's fiscally ...
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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?

The BBC describes Navalny as Putin's main opposition rival (example article), despite the fact that he has rarely scored over 2% in opinion polls (at least two other opposition candidates score ≥6%). ...
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Has there been an election where the vote in foreign consulates decided the outcome?

In most national elections there is usually the option for voters to cast their ballot in foreign consulates. But as far as I can tell this is usually a mere formality as very few voters ever make use ...
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How do political parties which identify with castes, languages or religions comply with India's RPA Act, 1951?

The Representation of People Act, 1951, of the Parliament of India states, Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act, defines a corrupt electoral practice as follows: “The ...
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Oldest head of government / state at time first elected to office

Speculation has Bernie Sanders may run for US President in 2020, when he will be 79. Mahathir Mohamad is aiming to become Malaysias PM (again) at the age of 92. Wikipedia has a list of state leaders ...
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Why Does Pew Research Say That US 2016 Election Polls “Missed Their Mark”?

According to an article written by several people at Pew Research, "The results of Tuesday’s presidential election came as a surprise to nearly everyone who had been following the national and state ...
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How does the disqualification of Alexei Navalny affect the legitimacy of the Russian presidential elections? [closed]

Now that Alexei Navalny has been barred from the elections Vladimir Putin will be the only candidate in the Russian elections to be held next year. Is it illegal to bar a candidate even though he is ...
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Does the Electoral College system really favor low population areas?

I was reading some questions on this site, and I stumbled up this comment. I'll transcribe the relevant parts of it here in case it ever goes away: You could throw in something about how Hillary ...
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Is it possible by law to run for President of the United States without appearing in public?

The title says it all. Imagine the candidate has some sort of medical restriction and can't leave his house. He or she can talk personally only with limited number of people. Can he entrust all the ...
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When does the victor of the Alabama special Senate election actually become Senator?

With all the talk of Roy Moore and Doug Jones, I’m surprised this is as difficult to discover as it is, but I haven’t been able to find it: once the victor, whoever that is, is determined in the 2017 ...
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If Roy Moore is elected, would this hurt the Republican party? [closed]

Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in the state of Alabama, was accused of sexual misconduct by five women. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday did not rule out trying to ...
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How does Russia’s fake news benefit them?

An article I saw on BBC News this morning was showing a clip where Theresa May accused Russia of creating fake news and photoshopped images during the United Kingdom general election last year. How ...
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Why do Americans vote on coroners, magistrates, school directors, and tax collectors?

A friend of mine posted on Facebook about her recent election in Pennsylvania. The results page showed a whole bunch of results that are really, really odd to me as an Australian: Justice of the ...
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Decentralized Electoral System [closed]

So I have been thinking about this for only a couple of days, take this with a grain of salt. I know that, in general, electronic voting is a bad idea for a number of reasons. But I think that there ...
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Have any politicians been elected to the government of two different countries during their career?

After the recent elections in Czech Republic it became apparent that Andrej Babiš is going to become the next Prime Minister of the country. The curious thing about him is that he holds dual Czech-...
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How often do voters actually change the ranking of candidates in European countries with open-list proportional representation?

From Wikipedia: Open list describes any variant of party-list proportional representation where voters have at least some influence on the order in which a party's candidates are elected. This as ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic nomination?

I recently read a few news articles talking about a class action lawsuit against the DNC for cheating Bernie Sanders out of the primaries. Is there any truth to these claims that there were concerted ...
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Formula for efficiency gap calculation when there are more than two candidates

I've been having trouble finding an authoritative definition of the efficiency gap when more than 2 parties are involved. Ballotopedia points to an article by Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Eric McGhee, ...
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Can foreign countries disqualify Australian candidates at will?

Could a country get their preferred candidates to win an Australian election by declaring all other candidates for that office citizens of that country, thereby making all those other candidates ...
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How do democratic governments-in-exile, such as the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, choose their members of government?

Many governments-in-exile are relatively limited in time. For example, during World War II, occupied countries like The Netherlands had governments-in-exile. However, some exist for a long time. ...