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For how long will the UK government / parliament elected on December 12, 2019 remain (not counting other possible non-regular elections)?

For how long will the UK government / parliament elected on December 12, 2019 remain (serve?), if we're not counting any possible new non-regular elections? Put in another way: When will the next ...
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Ballot anonymity at UK polling stations

When voting at the parliamentary election polling station I noticed the following practice mentioned in the Electoral Commission's Polling station handbook: UK Parliamentary election (PDF) Stage ...
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Can a Prime Minister be appointed if they do not have a seat in the Parliament?

On December 12, 2019, UK will hold a general election. As stated in Wikipedia's 2019 United Kingdom general election: The election is to be contested under the same boundaries for 650 ...
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Why does the number of votes not correspond to the number of elected MPs?

I understand the first past the post system in that the candidate with the most votes in a constituency is elected as the MP for their particular party, but what I don't understand why the SNP can get ...
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What is a constituency in the Georgian political system?

I want to try alternative voting systems and wanted to take Georgia as my mock example as their political elections data is very granular as one can see here. Georgian has a unicameral parliament, ...
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Can the UK general election be cancelled? [duplicate]

The sh*t hits the fan. The Russia scandal blows up. Boris Johnson is photographed handing a suitcase of money to Nigel Farage. Vast swathes of the country is under water. A yellow weather warning is ...
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Why do EU members have single or multiple parliamentary constituencies?

EU Member states can choose whether they want to have multiple constituencies for elections to the European Parliament, or not. Many EU member states have a single national constituency (like Germany)...
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What would happen if the Liberals and Conservatives won an equal number of seats in the Canadian Parliamentary elections?

In the answers to my question about CBC's poll tracker (In CBC's poll tracker, why do the probabilities of winning not add up to 100%?), it was mentioned that there could be a possibility of a tie ...
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How can we apply the Bundestag election model to European elections? (model building)

I have looked into electoral systems and am trying to build a model of what the 2019 EU election would have looked like if it had used the Bundestag election system. Disclaimer: I am fully aware ...
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Can parliament stop the PM setting a GE date after 31 October?

A bill that's passed both houses then needs Royal Assent from the Queen to pass into law & by constitutional convention the Queen always follows advice of ministers (the PM) on these matters. ...
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Why did Boris Johnson call for new elections?

I find myself confused by the events of the day. The BBC reports them as thus Tory rebels and opposition MPs have defeated the government in the first stage of their attempt to pass a law designed ...
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Is there any timeframe restriction for scheduling an early election under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 provides for two ways that an early general election can be held before the end of the five-year fixed term: A simple majority vote for a motion of no confidence (...
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Why not just put FPTP in one house and PR in the other? [closed]

Is it possible to get benefits of the two approaches (majoritarian and proportional) in a parliamentary system by making the lower house get elected by First-Past-The-Post and the upper one by party-...
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What is the mid-term election in India?

I just wanted someone to explain me in a simple manner what the mid-term election in India is. What are the requirements and how is it conducted ?
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What is the rationale of holding national parliament snap elections after the EU elections results?

Short background In November 2015 the Romanian PM resigned due to street pressure related to a nightclub fire and the President managed to negotiate with the parties to sustain a technocratic ...
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What is the point of Germany's 299 “party seats” in the Bundestag?

This question about Bundestag elections (How does the German Bundestag election system work?) does a good job at summarising Bundestag elections. Long story short: 299 directly-elected candidate from ...
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Running a General Election and the European Elections together

There's talk in the news about the possibility of a General Election being called. If one is called, could the General Election and European Election be run together with a single ballot paper divided ...
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How does the German Bundestag election system work?

Can someone describe for me if this election system is a majoritarian system or a system of proportional representation? And how does it work?
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How does the Alliance motivate their claim to have a mandate (Swedish parliamentary elections, 2018)?

The Swedish parliamentary elections, 2018 has resulted in a deadlock: The centre-left Red-Green block, outgoing minority government, has 144 seats (was: 159). The centre-right Alliance block, ...
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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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How did the electoral system work in late Ottoman empire and early Turkey?

I am reading about elections in the late Ottoman empire and early Turkey (1880-1935) and there always seemed to be these "secondary electors" elected by the people. These "secondary electors" then ...
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Does representativeness in a political system come at the cost of inherent complexity?

Alright, this is something I've thought about for a while with respect to comparisons between the German and British or Australian and Estonian electoral systems. Some of these are fairly simple to ...
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Why is the result if Macron's party's at the first round of French parlamentary elections “historical”?

"Historical", "a tsunami" -- these are the headlines one can read or hear at all French mainstream media. They are about the victory of La République en Marche at the first round of French ...
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Has a party that won an election ever lost its leader in the process?

In a Parliamentary democracy, general elections appoint constituency representatives. Most such appointees are members of parties with internally determined leaders. One or more parties then form a ...
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Is it still possible for Labour to run the government?

At the moment, the UK has a hung parliament from the recent election. The Conservatives and the DUP are now having a discussion to work with each other in order to run the government. If the ...
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Why are elections in the UK traditionally held on Thursdays?

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will have parliamentary elections next Thursday, and the last presidential elections in the United States were on a Tuesday. In most other ...
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Is there a legal way to postpone or call off a general election in the UK due to concerns one way or another?

I'm asking this as a follow up question after this one when Steve Melnikoff raised an interesting point in the comments as to whether there was a legal mechanism to postpone or call off a general ...
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What is the largest number of parties that ever entered a parliament in a general election?

In the Dutch general election, 2012, 11 parties entered parliament. In the opinion polls for the upcoming election, 14 parties are deemed to have a good chance to enter parliament. In the German ...
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In a Westminster system, why would the PM voluntarily dissolve a majority government?

My understanding of the Westminster system is as follows: In a general election, the voters elect MPs to one or both houses of Parliament. The head of state appoints a Prime Minister who holds the ...
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Are there any countries that require political parties to be democratically organised (and accept members)?

In many countries, members of parliament are elected on the title of political parties. For example, in The Netherlands, 81 parties have registered for the Dutch General Election, 2017. In most of ...
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Has there ever been a situation in a modern Westminster parliament where there have been more independents than members of the second largest party?

Has there ever been a situation where a modern Westminster parliament (national/federal/state/provincial) has ended up with more independent lower house MPs than MPs belonging to the second-largest ...
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Have parliamentary democracies been known to engage in “repeal wars” after elections?

I've been trying to read up on comparative politics and noticed that laws once passed in the United States system by and large tend to stay passed for decades or longer and are only overwritten in ...
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Suppose somebody has won the majority in the parliament, he wants to select his cabinet

Suppose, a parliamentary democracy. Unitary country has 100 seats in the parliament. Four parties contested in the election. No party won the absolute majority. Party A won 30 seats, party B won ...
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Are there countries other than Israel where the legislative body often dissolves before its term is up?

Today the Israeli Knesset (parliamentary body) will be voting to dissolve the government, and deciding when elections will be called for. The last elections were around 2 years ago, meaning that in ...
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How can some politicians become cabinet ministers without winning elections in India?

Smriti Irani and Arun Jaitley both lost the elections in the recent Lok Sabha elections in India, so how can they become cabinet ministers if they didn't even win the election? Mustn't one be a member ...
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How long does it take for a parliamentary government to hold unscheduled elections?

As I understand the parliamentary system, there are circumstances under which new unscheduled elections are held. If a governing coalition falls, there's a vote of no-confidence, or if certain people ...
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Why is proportional representation not considered in any of the US states?

While the Americans agree that the current two-party system is broken, I have not heard any real voices on changing it in any State. States like California, New York or Texas, which send large ...
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Is there an optimal size of a parliament?

Are there any studies that have been done correlating size of the electorate (or in general the population) to size of parliament and stability criteria? I was wondering which size of a parliament is ...
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Does a quorum to enter parliament guarantee government stability?

An argument in favor of quora enforced during elections to enter parliament is that it guarantees more stability for the governing parties and thus for the government. I was wondering whether this ...