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If an impostor President was elected, and later found out, would the impersonated person then hold office?

Suppose a few years before an election a US citizen is swapped out with a foreign impostor, and the imposter runs for president, is elected, but is eventually discovered while in office. The ...
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How to better ensure no conflict with laws of the United States for a person wanting to run for public office [closed]

If the only qualifications to be eligible for the President of the United States of America is that of: Be a natural-born U.S. citizen Be at least 35 years old Have resided in the U.S. at least 14 ...
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Do swing states get significant benefits from the disproportional attention during Presidential campaigns?

Looking at the map of campaign visits by Presidential candidates in 2016, it's obvious that a handful of swing states receive a disproportionate amount of attention from both the Democratic and the ...
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Where would it make sense for Presidential candidates to campaign, assuming that the US moves away from the Electoral College system?

A lot of ink has been spilled on the issue of the Electoral College and how it reduces the election campaign to a few swing States. But what if the system was overhauled tomorrow to a simple first-...
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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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What exactly is “collusion”? What is Robert Mueller expected to prove?

It seems to me that what most people typically mean when they say "Trump colluded with Russia to win the election" is, quite simply, that Trump, or his campaign, knowingly met with some key people ...
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Prior to the 2000 election, were there any predictions that Gore would win the electoral but lose the popular vote

I seem to remember such predictions, though obviously they are lost in the noise of the reverse situation that actually happened. But Does anyone have links to any notable predictions/analysis/...
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Panel data on US presidents electoral legitimacy

This Gallup poll asked the question: " Now that Donald Trump has been declared the winner and will be inaugurated in January, will you accept him as the legitimate president, or not?" On the same ...
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What is the point of the twenty-second amendment?

The twenty-second amendment ensures that American presidents can get at most two terms. What is the point of this rule? Was there ever a documented reason at the time it was put in place?
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How to find out the minimum popular vote percentage determine the minimum popular vote that yields a majority of electors in the college? [duplicate]

For simplicity, I would assume that all electors are faithful and use 2016 November general election information (registered votes and turnover), so that I work with realistic figures (especially when ...
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Can a US political party reject a potential candidate?

An individual presents themselves to an American political party, expressing a wish to be that party's candidate in the next Presidential election. The individual passes all the Constitutional ...
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

Yes, I am aware that November 2016 has long passed, but what would have to happen for Bernie to assume the presidency while Donald Trump is still president? I'm aware of a line of succession (...
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Why does the USA restrict president candidates to natural-born citizens?

USA doesn't allow naturalized American citizens to become president. There are 3 restrictions to become president. I cite it from this site. Question: What are the Requirements to Become President? ...
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What share of Donald Trump's voters in 2016 voted for George Bush in 2004?

Donald J. Trump (DJT) received roughly 63 million votes in 2016. Geroge W. Bush (GWB) received 62 million votes in 2004. At the same time the US Population has grown from 293 to 322 million people (...
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Is there a screening process within a party for US presidential hopefuls? [duplicate]

Obviously it's bad to elect a president that has scandals that could get them impeached, but even having one candidate who appears to have skeletons in the closet encourages other candidates to dig ...
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Estimates of the number who were incorrectly purged from Florida's list of eligible voters in 2000

In 2000, many voters were incorrectly removed from Florida's list of eligible voters. (Notoriously, if you happened to have a name that was similar to a convicted felon's, there was a good chance you'...
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Self-vote and anti-self-electors

In a presidential or similar elections, it's a habit, if one is a candidate, to get to the polling place, and vote, usually in the storm of camera flashes, from propaganda reasons, so self-voting is ...
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Who would be legally responsible for any possible US presidential election hack?

There are claims that Russian hackers tried altering the US presidential election data، Most of these claims, as far as I know, that has no verifiable evidence. If this happened, who (person or ...
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Can faulty election results unseat a sitting US President? [duplicate]

Though there are significant real-world scenarios to consider, let's keep this question hypothetical. The situation: a US presidential election is held, votes are tallied, a winner is announced, the ...
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How many billionaires have run for the office of the US president thus far?

How many billionaires ran for the office of the US president thus far? Was there any other guy other than Trump and Ross Perot?
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Explaining discrepancy between ANES data and actual results for 2012 US presidential election

I am looking at the ANES 2012 Time Series Study. The three variables that (I believe) tell us about who survey respondents voted for are: prevote_presvtwho: Pre-election survey (early voters). ...
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Can a US Presidential election ever be held earlier in a President's term?

Are there circumstances in United States where a presidential election and subsequent inauguration can be held before the end of the president's term?
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Can an impeached President run for a second term?

Suppose Congress successfully impeaches and removes a sitting President of the USA. Can this person still run for a second term? Assuming the usual rules about term limits are observed, of course.
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How did Le Pen do better in the second round than in the first?

Although Le Pen lost the election, she got a higher proportion in the second round than in the first round: 33% versus 21%. Given that all the other parties were either neutral or supported Macron, ...
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Why was the voter turnout so low in the second round of French elections?

According to French election: Turnout sharply down in Le Pen-Macron battle, voter turnout in the second round of French presidential election was the lowest since 1981: The participation rate ...
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If United States annexed part of another country, would someone born in that place be eligible to run for president?

For example, if President Trump invaded and claimed Sudbury, Ontario over a dairy dispute, could Alex Trebek run for President in the next election?
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What is the political proposal of Emmanuel Macron?

I have to admit that not being French, I have not paid too close attention to the various proposals of the different presidential candidates. Now that the second turn draws near, I'd like to ...
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Has any countries used an Elected Presidency scheme in which candidates may be restricted to a particular racial group?

Singapore will be having its Presidential Election later this year. Recently, there have been constitutional amendments to change the Elected Presidency scheme to a "Reserved Election" ...
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Is there a tendency for presidents to come from outside of “big politics” in recent years?

According to this article which is based on this Wikipedia article Donald Trump has never been elected to public office (a big disqualifier in American politics), never been appointed to a ...
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Why have markets reacted well to the first round of the French presidential election?

I've heard that markets have reacted well to the first round of the French presidential election, in which the National Front candidate and a centrist, mainstream candidate got through to the second ...
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What significance does the announcement that Marine Le Pen is momentarily stepping aside as the leader of France's “Front National” have?

I have read that Marine Le Pen has announced that she will momentarily step aside from her role as the leader of France's Front National (FN) political party. How does this have any relevance for the ...
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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 more interested in Russian/WikiLeaks interference with US elections than they are in foreign governments that openly take 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 ...
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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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