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Do voters usually follow the advise regarding the choice in the second round of elections given by a candidate who lost in the first round?

According to this article, Francois Fillon advised his voters to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of 2017 French Presidential elections. I have seen this way of telling the voters what ...
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How could François Fillon recover in the polls after his financial scandals?

A couple of months ago I was wondering if Can François Fillon be replaced as candidate of The Republicans to the presidential elections? . He finally did not and he has been slowly but steadily ...
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Why do US Presidential candidates not issue formal written manifestos? [duplicate]

Why is it that US Presidential candidates do not issue formal written manifestos of their intentions if elected - as British political parties are required by custom to do? Manifestos are important ...
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Why won't the two main French far-left parties unite and present a single candidate?

Lutte ouvrière (LO) and Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) are both French far-left communist parties and they are both represented by a candidate during the French 2017 presidential elections, why ...
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Why are politicians so obsessed with Russian/WikiLeaks interfering of US elections while some foreign governments openly took sides?

Democratic politicians such as Maxine Waters, Ted Lieu, and neo-cons such as Lindsey Graham and John McCain are publicly pushing for investigations for alleged Russian interventions in the US ...
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Why does the libertarian party keep failing to gain much approval in US?

In US, there has not been much support for the libertarian party. Even though two of the leading candidates in the past presidential election have been considered to have so many faults to be elected, ...
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Statistical impact of Russian Hack in US election 2016

What do Silver (538) and Gelman models tell us about the impact on vote share of the Russian hacking of Democrats and the FBI intervention in the US election? If we took the prediction at the time and ...
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What would happen if vote tallies were discovered to be changed?

On Monday, the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee. During the hearing, the House Intelligence Chairman asked Mike Rogers if votes ...
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What happens if President Trump has been found to be colluding with Russia?

What happens if it is proven that President Trump has been colluding with Russia during his campaign? Does he go to trial or get impeached? Or does nothing happen?
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preliminary steps for running for president [closed]

I'm asking this question on 3/10/2017, and it is mainly geared towards democrats, but applies to any party. I realize there is no one size fits all answer to this, as candidates are all different; ...
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How did individual Democratic Super-delegates vote at the roll call convention?

How did individual super-delegates wind up voting at the nomination convention? Note: I don't think this question is trivial. It's fairly easy to find who they publicly endorsed, but not every ...
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Could a Party Choose Not to Nominate an Incumbent?

For example, if the Republican party wanted to hold a new primary in 2020 and pick someone other than Trump, is there any specific reason they could or could not do so?
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During the Obama administration, did the US interfere with foreign elections?

The Obama administration described Russia as interfering with the 2016 presidential election. As far as I can tell, the complaint isn't merely limited to a phishing scam against Podesta, but a ...
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Why do countries have term limits on Presidents and Prime Ministers?

In many country, the elected leader can only run for 2 mandats (terms) in a row. I'm curious of the reason behind that. Any ideas?
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Have there been precedents of presidential campaigns communicating with foreign governments during the election campaign?

It's reported this week that "Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during [the presidential] campaign". In the CNN article linked above, it states that it's not unusual ...
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What are the advantages of the French two-round voting system against a one round alternative?

In regards to the French Presidential election of 2017, what are the advantages of the French two-round voting system against a one round alternative? If two-round is better than one round, what ...
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Is the U.S. still a democracy now that the President lost the popular vote?

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Democracy can mean rule of majority. Is the U.S. still a democracy now that Donald Trump is leading the executive branch while he lost the popular ...
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If the US Presidential Election was based on popular votes, what strategies would be most effective to win? [closed]

There's been a lot of debate lately about popular vote vs. electoral college. One of the major arguments in favor of the electoral college is that it prevents a candidate from simply pandering to, and ...
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What electoral mechanisms might prevent the rise of a demagogue?

I realize that this may be one of the intentions of the US Electoral College system. Its most obvious role is to prevent a candidate of purely local appeal from winning nationally, but another de-...
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Have performers been threatened for performing at inaugurations before?

There are reports that a famous singer and opera star Andrea Bocelli have pulled out of performing at Trump's inauguration specifically due to security threats against him (the pullout was not because ...
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If Russia hacked the election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Simple question, but it's been bugging me for quite some time. If we know for a fact that Russians interfered with the election, why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump without fully knowing the ...
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Why is the Clinton Global Initiative being closed?

I noticed this article recently, which seems to tie the closure of the Clinton Global Initiative to Hillary Clinton's loss in the election. However, the closure was actually announced back in ...
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Have members of congress ever previously boycotted a U.S. president-elect's inauguration?

As of today, there's about 40-50 Democratic members of congress who are boycotting President-elect Trump's inauguration later this week. This number seems to change depending on the new source, and ...
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Get rid of national debt from excess campaign funds

Say there was a law that limited how much a presidential candidate could spend during the election process per month all/most of the campaign money isn't used (According to this article there isn't ...
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What explains the big “D” shift in Utah in the last 4 years?

The following map kinda makes sense from the "why" perspective in most places, but one area that kind of threw me off as hard to explain was Utah experiencing major shift towards Democrats, in nearly ...
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French Presidential Election 2017: When will the PS announce its candidate + independants

It seems that, thus far, the five main parties that will take part in the french presidential elections are: PS, LR, FN, EM, FI (see source). The PS seems to be the only party that have still not put ...
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What info in the hacked DNC/Clinton emails was likely to sway the US general election?

Leaving aside the controversy of who/how, one thing that puzzles me about people discussing the hacked e-mails provided to Wikileaks is "why would that matter as far as general elections at all"? ...
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Is there a website that breaks down the 2012 presidential election results by congressional district?

I'm trying to find the results for the amount of votes for the Democratic party per congressional district and all I can find is the amount of votes per county, and since some congressional districts ...
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The “butterfly ballot” of 2000, does Florida have different presidential ballots for each county?

The infamous "butterfly ballot" of the 2000 election confused voters in Palm Beach county who punched the second button, thinking it was for Al Gore, sending their votes to Pat Buchanan instead. My ...
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Are Democrats alleging that Russia tampered with the vote tallies?

In Belief in conspiracies largely depends on political identity, it's reported that many democrats reported positively to a question about whether Russia tampered with the vote tallies for the 2016 ...
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Did the candidacy of Ross Perot swing the 1992 presidential election?

Reading the Wikipedia article on the 1992 presidential candidacy of Ross Perot, one would get the impression that it made no difference to the outcome of the election. However, after looking at the ...
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Data on US Presidential Elections by income and race

The exit poll data do break it down by income and by race, but separately. So they just have "low income" vs "high income". And "white" vs "black". I am looking for data that break it down by both ...
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When will the votes of the electoral college become public (knowledge)?

I think/understand there are three (or four) key dates here. After the votes have been counted for each state, the electors will be appointed if the results are conclusive. On December 13rd, 2016, ...
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Territories Ability to Vote

I am doing a research project on the recent presidential general election and need to know which territories - if any - participate in it. From Wikipedia, I understand that Puerto Rico, American Samoa,...
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Ballpark estimate of how much was spent on legal fees to oppose the Green Party recount?

There's been some cost-conscious press regarding the Green Party's "Recount2016" campaign, in which $7.4 million was raised -- but not much press about how much was spent by political parties, PACs, ...
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What happened to the money Jill Stein collected for the 2016 recount?

After the 2016 election Jill Stein began collecting donations for recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Last I read she was somewhere in the 7-10 million dollar range. All three of ...
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How many terms can a former vice-president president serve?

If a president were to be unable to serve, with the vice-president becoming president, how many terms would they be able to run/serve for? Say the president is unable to serve 2 years into their ...
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Has Donald Trump explained changes in some of his views after the election?

President-elect Donald Trump is sounding a different tune as he prepares to take on the mantle of the presidency. His stance on Hillary, Obamacare, climate change, building a wall, etc... Stance on ...
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How would a tie for third place in the Electoral college vote be broken?

As I understand it if no candidates receives a majority the house of representatives would chose a president among the top three candidates, but what happens in (the unlikely) scenario where there's a ...
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By what percent do state undervote counts usually vary over successive election years?

According to mlive.com, in the 2016 Presidential election Michigan voters submitted 76% more undervotes than they did in 2012: 87,810: Number of voters this election who cast a ballot but did not ...
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On November 8, were only the two major parties available as options to voters?

I am not from the USA and I find that election system confusing. Recently, during a conversation with another person (also not from the USA), I was informed that presidential elections in the US have ...
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Are the votes counted by a voting machine with tampered seals valid?

A St. Croix observer from the 2016 Wisconsin recount reports: Five of the nine machines being used in the recount have tampered seals. Photos of two are attached. Photo of seal, followed by photo ...
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Typically, are actual ballots required to be visible to election recount observers?

A Door County observer from the 2016 Wisconsin recount reports: Observers were seated apart from the people counting the votes, so the actual ballots are not visible to observers. ... In ...
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Voter Turnout Discrepancy

Another question about the 2016 US presidential election. I was comparing the voter turnout reported for Wayne County, Michigan by the State Board of Elections with the voter turnout reported by the ...
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Can one person run for US President as a candidate for two different parties? [duplicate]

I am not looking for opinion here, but actual laws or case evidence support for or against if this has been done / could be done legally. Example: Could Bernie run in the 2020 primaries as a ...
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How would tampering with voter registration rolls be detected?

I've been thinking about various scenarios where hypothetically one might be able to hack a US election. In the 2016 election, it seems to me that Trump won because of slim majorities in Wisconsin, ...
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What sort of evidence might Wisconsin require to NOT use a machine recount?

In hopes of testing whether the output from proprietary voting machine hardware and software was accurate, the Stein campaign has paid the state of Wisconsin a $3.5 million dollar recount filing fee, (...
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Why doesn't the popular vote for past elections tally?

Why does different sources show a different popular vote tally. This happens even in the most recent elections such as 2012, 2008, etc. I've complied the results from 3 sources: Federal Elections ...
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How are US presidential electors nominated? [closed]

In a US presidential election, voters in fact select electors who later vote to select the president. I have heard that in different states, slates of electors are nominated variously by state party ...
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What happens if any of Jill Stein's recounts find evidence of major issues and it's impossible to say who won a state?

As is widely reported now, Jill Stein's campaign is requesting recounts in two states (and likely soon a third). Ideally, the recounts will closely (or exactly) match the reported totals, and the ...