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Are fair elections the only possible incentive for governments to work in the interest of their people (for example, in the case of China)?

Why does the Chinese government rule the country not phenomenally, but better than one would expect from unelected authorities? I think it's supposed to work the following way: the officials try to ...
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If elected, when would Ossoff and Warnock take office?

The Georgia runoffs are scheduled for January 5th 2021 with early voting happening as I write this. But it's never been discussed when those senators could take office if they get elected. So, when do ...
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How much time does it take for Australia to count votes in general elections?

For those who don't know, Australia uses ranked-choice voting for both the lower house (House of Representatives) and upper house (Senate) elections. I can't help but wonder the logistics of the vote ...
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Has any European far-right party managed to enter the legislative body relying almost exclusively on social media promoting?

Romanian has recently held the general elections and a far-right party managed to enter the Parliament. This is not a surprise in itself since the COVID-19 crisis helps rising the popularity of such ...
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Would it be advantageous for Senate Democrats to motion for a vote challenging the election results? [closed]

On Monday, Mitch McConnell warned Senate Republicans not to challenge the election results. My thinking is that he is concerned that no matter which way Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly ...
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As of 2020-12-16, is there any legal way for Trump to win the election despite the electoral college vote? [closed]

Trump has been claiming that the voting was flawed and there were many problems. At this point (December 16th, 2020), the Electoral College vote has been completed and Biden won. Is there any legally ...
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Is The 68.05% Error Rate In The Antrim County Tabulation Totals Indicative of Machine Error? [closed]

According to the forensic audit of Antrim County, Michigan, there appears to be an error rate of 68.05% in the voting tabulation for the county. From section 6 and 7 the report: The allowable ...
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Rita Hart (2nd District Iowa) appeal. How many precedents were there?

I have just come across the article about Rita Hart appeal of the race to U.S. House in Iowa's 2nd congressional district. Particularly I was surprized by the sentence: Given that, she said, she is ...
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Did the Supreme Court have a time limit on responding to Texas v Pennsylvania et. al?

In the lawsuit filed by Texas against Pennsylvania and other states, SCOTUS did request the defendants to respond by December 10, 2020, but they did not say until December 11 that they were not going ...
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The Texas lawsuit and contingent election

With filing the Texas lawsuit it becomes increasingly clear that the whole post-election strategy of Trump was to shift the presidential election to the House of Representatives with the help of the ...
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Does an election necessarily involve selection?

An election is a kind of vote. A referendum is a vote, but is not an election. Therefore we infer not all votes are elections. What are the essential characteristics of an election then? Does an ...
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Has California released its certified presidential election results online?

The media is reporting that California has certified its results for the presidential election. However, I can’t find the certified vote totals online. A quick check on the California Secretary of ...
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What would a "signature audit" accomplish in the Georgia election?

POTUS and the Governor Kemp of Georgia have both requested a "signature audit" of the absentee ballot envelopes used in the Nov 3 Presidential election. Link What would such an audit ...
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Have Georgia election officials offered an explanation for the alleged "smoking gun" at the State Farm Arena? [closed]

Now hitting Fox News, yesterday's Georgia Senate committe(s) hearings are apparently providing new ammunition to governor Kemp to request another signature audit: Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia ...
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Does Trump claim that election irregularities only affected the Presidential election?

Donald Trump has been contesting the results of the 2020 Presidential election, alleging voter fraud, improper counting, and other irregularities. A number of recounts have been done, although none ...
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Is there a (fuller) transcript for Trump's recent quip about election officials being “communists” and “enemies of the state”?

AP recently reported that: Speaking to news crews gathered to watch the traditional holiday conversation with the military, Trump denounced officials in battleground states he’d lost as “communists” ...
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What happens when a USA congress/senate candidate concedes while the vote count is still going? I mean can they still win? [duplicate]

I just have general question about concedings: Let's say in scenario a democratic congressman/senator concedes while a large percent of the votes are still being counted. The large batch of uncounted ...
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Comparison of Presidential and House results by District

I've read a number of articles that have talked about the difference between down ticket results during the 2020 elections and the Presidential race. But I've been unable to find raw data because the ...
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Are election boycotts effective against an authoritarian regime?

If there are no fair elections in a country, the opposition may choose to still participate and try to defend its result or to boycott an unfair election altogether. Are election boycotts effective ...
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How does the UK manage to transition leadership so quickly compared to the USA?

I appreciate that the USA has a larger population and more layers to it system of governance, but I don't understand how the UK can transition between governments practically overnight and the USA ...
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What were the 2020 Presidential Results in TX-15 specifically?

I am interested in the 2020 presidential election by congressional district. I am particularly interested in the 15th district of Texas. This is a South Texas district where the Democrat won by 3 ...
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Controversial Tigray regional election

As I understand it, one of the points of contention in the conflict between the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray region are contested regional elections in September at 2020. These have been ...
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What does it mean to do a recount *after* a US state has certified its election results?

In Georgia, the state government must "certify" the election results before the parties can request a recount. What does it mean to recount after certification is complete, and why is that ...
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How far out of balance are Wayne County's absentee counting boards?

Michigan's GOP is calling for an audit in the 2020 election because "70% of the Detroit absentee counting boards were out of balance". Do we know how far out of balance they were? I mean, ...
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Is the Wayne County canvassers refusing to certify unprecedented in the US?

In Wayne County MI two Republican canvassers objected to certifying results, deadlocking the certification. They backpedaled and then tried to backpedal again to the initial position of "Don't ...
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Where can I find detailed information on the votes that were tallied in the 2020 election?

I need a comprehensive dataset showing when individual votes were cast and for whom across the USA in the 2020 general election. I can find totals on the county websites and presidential candidate ...
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Can members of the Wayne County Canvassing Board rescind their votes?

A couple days ago, all four members of the Board of Canvassers of Wayne County, Michigan voted to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. Now the two Republican members of the ...
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Estimated bounds for margin of error in US election results?

When one sets out to measure a thing, one expects various sorts of errors to occur in the measurement.... depending on context one might have: errors with the measuring instrument, errors due to ...
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What is the largest election to use non-secret ballots?

All the elections I'm aware of use secret ballots, meaning that no one knows which candidate a different person has voted for. But surely there must be elections somewhere where that's not the case ...
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Do Republicans and Democrats intentionally nominate long-shot candidates for races which they're extremely unlikely to win?

As an example, in my own state of Washington, the Republican party nominated Loren Culp: Culp has been married for 43 years and has two grown children. He was raised in Jefferson County. He dropped ...
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What happened in the 2010 election in the Philippines which cause Smartmatic to sue Dominion Voting systems?

After listening to Sydney Powell on Lou Dobbs for the umpteenth time, I decided to do some fact checking of my own. She was talking about smartmatic, which is a company that makes election software, ...
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What prevents me from voting in the next USA elections? [duplicate]

I am not an USA citizen, I was not ever in the U.S. But I could visit the USA embassy any time, where I could probably get easily a tourist visa. The only reason for me to not do this, is that I have ...
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What is the biggest change in votes following a recount?

In Michigan, a Republican in a local election went from barely losing to winning clearly after picking up ~1200 votes in a recount. That seems like a lot to me, which got me wondering. What is the ...
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Where to view election litigation status

Is there a way to view aggregated data for the litigations related to the recent federal elections in the US? I’m looking for a who/what/why status of each piece of litigation so I don’t have to check ...
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What does the gray gap in the NV election site bar means?

The official Nevada (Clark county) site shows the ballot count results and has a bar with Red and Blue percents, as well as a gray gao between them. What does this gray bar means? Is it the remaining ...
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Do swing states in the US count their votes faster due to external pressure?

On a related question Why do California and New York need so much time to count their votes compared to other states? Arcanist Lupus left the following comment: Critically, on a macro scale nobody ...
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What is the total cost of the administration of the US 2020 presidential election?

The US 2020 presidential election seems to be a costly enterprise to the taxpayers. What is the total cost of the administration of the US 2020 presidential election?
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Where can I find good voting data on US Congressional Districts?

For US Elections, I'm trying to find the Total Population, Voting Age Population, Registered Voters on Election Day, and the number of Ballots cast, for the years of 2020, 2018, 2016, and 2012, sorted ...
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Why so much censorship on Trump's statements? [closed]

After the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which some people opposed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection, Hillary Clinton defended U.S. efforts to ensure that the Twitter social networking service ...
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How many ballots have been sequestered in Pennsylvania and Michigan?

By court orders, Pennsylvania and Michigan have been commanded to sequester domestic ballots that arrived at counting stations after the traditional deadlines. For the purposes of this question, it is ...
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What is the reason for the date of the Georgia runoff elections for the US Senate?

On Election Day 2020, both US Senate seats for Georgia were up for election. However, no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, and so both races go to a second round. This runoff election will ...
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Where is vote tally data aggregated?

Where do major news companies collect their vote tally data in US elections from? My intuition tells me that there has to be an agency of some sort that aggregates vote tally data before ...
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Why do California and New York need so much time to count their votes compared to other states?

As per the New York Times, California has only counted 89% of the votes so far and New York has counted 84%, even though its now been nearly a full week since the election has been concluded. Almost ...
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When are absentee ballots typically rejected?

I'd been reading a bit about the absentee ballots that were rejected in my home state of Wisconsin. I was wondering, if they'd rejected upwards of 23,000 ballots in the April 2020 election, could the ...
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Why is the Republican Party going along with Trump's legal challenges to the election results? [closed]

From most reports, the Trump campaign's legal challenges to the presidential vote counting process have little merit (several have already been thrown out by the courts) and a practically negligible ...
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When and how does the GSA ascertain the President-Elect?

All major news organizations from across the political spectrum have projected that Joe Biden has won the 2020 US Presidential Election. Today, the nonpartisan Center for Presidential Transition ...
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How do these different methods of measuring the closeness of an election compare to each other?

Suppose we have an election held over multiple districts (e.g., a first-past-the-post legislative election, or a US-presidential style electoral college). There are several ways you could measure how ...
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Has a leader of a major democracy recently tried to prevent themselves from leaving after losing an election? [closed]

There is a report that US president Donald Trump may want to barricade himself in the Oval Office. But the Constitution is very specific in that the presidency terminates at noon Jan 20 in the ...
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What legal avenues are there for a foreign national to aid a US election? [duplicate]

putting it bluntly: suppose I as a Belgian citizen want to help the Democratic party win the 2 Georgia Runoff elections because it would help the entire world to have an undivided US government (for ...
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Why are rural counties more likely to vote Republican? [duplicate]

In most states, the counties around big cities are voting Democrat while the rural counties are voting Republican. Why is this?
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