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Do the changes to constituencies proposed by the Boundary Commissions unduly benefit the Conservative party?

The proposed changes to the constituency boundaries in the UK were drawn up by four independent commissions, one for each of the UK’s constituent countries, and presented to the Government in 2018. ...
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Do (district level) US House of Representatives elections record county on the ballot?

Situation: County X contains some but not all of Congressional Districts 1, 2, and 3. County X contains no entire Congressional Districts fully within its borders. What I want to know: The overall ...
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Do parties whose support is geographically concentrated have an advantage in “cake cutting” redistricting?

In the question about preventing political gerrymandering, I brought up a new method for preventing Gerrymandering using game theory. This involves one party, let's call them red, drawing district ...
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How far can gerrymandering go?

Gerrymandering can keep a relatively unpopular party in power for longer than it otherwise would be. Assuming the unpopular party becomes even more unpopular, just how unpopular would they need to be ...
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Is it common for British MPs to have no connection to their electoral district?

As an example, Theresa May is serving as an MP from Maidenhead even though she had no connection whatsoever to this constituency since before her election in that constituency. On the other hand Boris ...
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How can we find representatives from specific cities?

I would like to know U.S. House of Representatives from Houston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles in 1980. I know districts and city boundaries do not overlap, but is there any way to know them?
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Can I vote for candidates from a different district in the New Jersey democrat primaries?

New Jersey is having democrat primary voting tomorrow. Can I only vote for the candidates that live in my district? For example, if I live in District 1, can I only vote for candidates in District ...
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Why do US House constituencies have numbers instead of names?

In Canada, parliamentary ridings are given names, but in the US, members of Congress come from numbered districts, for example, California's 2nd. For all the states I'm aware of, this also holds for ...
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is Gerrymandering unconstitutional?

I know I've heard that racial discrimination when drawing district lines is unconstitutional. But where in the constitution does it say that, and are there other rules that gerrymandering has to ...
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Effect of Fair Representation Act

The Fair Representation Act was recently introduced by House Member Don Bayer. The main changes that I've read about were that it would introduce instant-runoff style ranked choice voting and that it ...
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Have Republicans ever complained about gerrymandering in the United States?

I have heard a lot of outcry about gerrymandering voting districts. I know there was a book by David Daley as well as the pending case in Wisconsin declaring the voting districts unconstitutional. ...
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Is there a publicly available definition of current congressional districts?

For example: I live in the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts. The boundaries of my district are pretty straightforward, except in the case of the city of Fall River, where the boundary line ...
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USA Map with State Legislature Districts

Is there a map with all state legislative voting districts? In other words, is there a single map which contains all of the districts which elect representatives to the lower state house, and a single ...
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In a district-based FPTP system, what is the point of participating in districts where one can't win?

The United Kingdom General Elections use a First Past the Post district-based system, where one candidate wins in each district. Some districts are safe seats for particular parties. For example, ...
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Is it true that Republicans have an unfair geographical advantage in elections for the House of Representatives?

I'm not from the U.S. but someone told me that the Republican Party had an unfair advantage in elections for the House of Representatives. This advantage would be geographic. The voters who usually ...
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Why is redistricting not an automated process?

What is the reason that redistricting is not automatic? Is it just a legacy of a time when it was impossible? The definition of gerrymandering is: In the process of setting electoral districts, ...
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Are single-member legislative districts a guarantee for two party systems?

Given that all countries that rely on a two-party system seem to have single-member legislative districts. I was wondering whether this in essence guarantees two party systems or whether this ...
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Is there any mechanism in USA to prevent someone from voting by mail AND in person?

Theoretically speaking, there are mechanisms that prevent someone from voting twice (you are only allocated to vote to one polling place based on your residence address, and that polling place has a ...