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If Democrats gain a net of 5 seats in the Senate, would that be a majority?

I'm curious about the implications of the fact that two senators are officially independent. But, on election maps, they sometimes show as Democrats because they caucus with Democrats. They are both ...
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Why is the majority bonus systems so rarely used across the world?

According to Wikipedia the majority bonus system is used only by a few countries: Armenia San Marino Italy Argentina (Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Santa Fe and the Province of Entre Ríos ...
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Could a coalition government not include the plurality party?

Back during the German elections, I remember a bunch of parties saying they would be unwilling to form a coalition with AfD. That made me wonder--what if AfD had won the most votes without getting a ...
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Do any theories justify majoritarian election outcomes?

At legislative elections, parties can experience different biases in the translation of votes to seats. Grofman, Koetzle, and Brunell published a taxonomy of these biases (Malapportionment, turnout ...
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How true is it that people vote for parties/people that benefit their stances most? Then does majority rule offer “best outcomes”?

How true is it that people vote for parties/people that benefit their stances most? Because if it's true, then it leads to speculation as to, whether voting in democracies is "weighted" enough. Since ...
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What would stop a representative democracy becoming a dictatorship?

In a representative democracy, those elected pass laws for the country. If a political party had a majority in the relevant legislature(s), could that party use its majority to write a law that ...
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Can a party form a coalition with BOTH Labour and Conservatives in parallel? If so, who wins?

Obviously, this is unlikely in practical political reality, but in terms of the rules and norms for UK Parlament, can the following scenario occur and if so, what happens? Labour has 324 seats (short ...
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What is a the correct way of expressing a (vote) majority? [closed]

During the time, I have kept hearing about various expressions of a vote majority (TV discussions and titles, printed/on-line media etc.). The most common are 50% + 1 and 51%. A simple search reveals ...