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The act or process of choosing a person for a position, especially a public office, usually through a vote.

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What if my mail-in ballot is thrown out by a Post Office employee after it was cast?

One thing that was on my mind is the theoretical potential for mail-in ballots to be discarded between being cast and received by election officials. Though this is obviously illegal (it would be ...
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Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war?

Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy Zelenskyy announced his candidacy in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential ...
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Are monarchies like Kuwait authoritarian, autocratic, constitutional monarchies, or mixed political systems?

I am trying to find a clear conceptual difference in terms of how different monarchies are defined or classified. For example, let's consider three countries with monarchies: Kuwait, UAE, and Norway. ...
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Would ranked choice voting force single issue voters to vote for more than one candidate or not be counted? [closed]

I am running for Senate in NJ in 2024 and I believe my voting bloc is merely a plural majority of all eligible voters but maybe not a majority (and probably not current voters, btw). If this is the ...
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How do US states maintain a secret ballot using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail?

How have US states implemented Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail in their voting systems? In particular, how is the secrecy of votes insured? I note that it would be compromised if bulletins where ...
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Is there a centralized archive of ballot design samples from around the world?

I'm kind of an election nerd looking for a place to view different ballot designs from around the world. For instance, I'm happy to have found this video from International IDEA analysing ballot ...
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Does allowing Commonwealth citizens to vote in UK elections have any practical impact on those elections?

Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK are generally allowed to vote in UK elections, even if they aren't British citizens. There's been some controversy over this provision. For example, Migration ...
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Why does Colombia close its borders the day of the elections?

According to the note from 16 June of US embassy in Colombia on Security alert - second round of the presidential election process: Roads may be closed in major cities, including Bogota, on June 19.  ...
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2022 Hong Kong Chief Executive election had just 1 candidate: What was the HK people's response to this?

Note: I live in Hong Kong too same as the answerer, but I don't have any idea. Don't judge me please. I'm possibly overlooking something in this Wikipedia page 2022 Hong Kong Chief Executive election,...
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How does Brazil ensure their voters know which electoral candidate corresponds to which number?

In Brazil, voting is done with electronic voting machines that resemble telephone panels. Voters key in the number of their preferred candidate, and the machine logs the result. While this voting ...
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How often have a same pair of candidates from the two major parties faced off in multiple Senate or House elections?

In CA–27, Republican Mike Garcia and Democrat Christy Smith have once again advanced to the general election. This marks their third straight match-up, following the CA–25 special election on May 12, ...
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Is it possible for Ukraine to hold the parliamentary election in 2023 while in a state of war?

The Ukranian parliament - Verkhovna Rada - is set to be reelected in October 2023. Assuming that the Russian invasion persists to that time, what would be the appropriate course of action? Do they ...
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Why is VA-10 not considered competitive?

My question concerns congressional district VA-10, represented by Dem. Jennifer Wexton. In 2020, Wexton won reelection with a margin of 13%, underperforming Biden in the district by 6 points. ...
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What would happen if a Senate nominee dies several months before the election?

According to an article by the Washington Post, Senate nominee John Fetterman's (D-PA) stroke before the primaries was near-fatal. This made me wonder... if Fetterman was to unfortunately die, what ...
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New Jersey governor data on Dave's Redistricting?

There is a tool called Dave's Redistricting which allows people to simulate drawing congressional districts far more easily than older software can. They have added the Virginia governor election ...
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Why don't governments publish raw IRV/STV election data, rather than summary statistics?

We're in the middle of a Federal election here in Australia, and many of us have been following the ABC news reports enthusiastically. This has me wondering, why is it that we must turn to the ABC ...
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Counties Democrats and Republicans never won on any statewide level since 2016?

A lot of people talk about blue counties and red states and counties. But I want to know how consistently blue or red different counties are. This is especially relevant given how different governor ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of uncontested elections for head of state?

Regarding the upcoming election of the next Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive (CE) on 2022-05-08: As of 2022-05-03, various news outlets report that John Lee Ka-chiu (李家超) is running uncontested. In ...
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Why do most countries produce election results with rotations of a Left-Centre Left or Right/Centre Right party winning govt.?

In most countries this trend is followed. Even in countries like UK/Canada where 1 party is uniquely more successful instead of being even like in USA (Tories in UK, Liberals in Canada), this trend is ...
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What are the disadvantages to 2-round elections where the top candidates from the first round compete head-to-head in the second round?

This is the election system in France and Ukraine. In the first round anyone can run. If no candidate wins an absolute majority, then the top two candidates go to a second round where they face off ...
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Is there any proof of foreign interference in Ukraine's 2004 or 2010 presidential elections?

There has been polarization between moving towards Russia or the West in Ukrainian politics. There have also been allegations of election interference from both sides along these lines. During the ...
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What's the investigative process for suspicions of fraudulent votes by proxy at the polling station level in the Netherlands?

According to a recent article by Dutch public broadcaster NOS, two mayors have reported suspicions of election fraud because of the high percentage of votes by proxy in certain polling stations. The ...
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Who are the "international observers" at elections to determine if they are free and fair?

We often hear that "international observers" deemed that certain elections were fair or unfair. But who exactly are the groups or people among these international observers and who chooses ...
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Why does Russia consider the Ukrainian elections as "invalid/stolen"?

A recent question says (among other things): In Ukraine, one claim used by Russia to justify its invasion is that the current regime is a "puppet regime", that is, the elections by which it ...
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What if any role did the series "Servant of Nation" play in getting Volodymyr Zelenskyy elected as President?

It is well known that Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a television personality before he became President of Ukraine. He played the lead character in the Ukrainian television series Servant of the Nation It ...
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Is there a process for democratic elections that would be internationally recognizable as valid?

In recent years, claims on invalid elections have been a major source of conflict. In the USA, claims on "stolen elections" have almost started a civil war. In Ukraine, one claim used by ...
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Why has voter turnout been declining in Ukraine?

Since the 1994 Ukrainian parliamentary election voter turnouts have been declining. 1994 75.81%, 1998 70.78%, 2002 69.27%, 2006 67.55%, 2007 62.03%, 2012 57.43%, 2014 51.91% and the 2019 Ukrainian ...
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Are cities with nonpartisan mayoral elections more likely to elect Republican mayors?

I thought about the fact that cities in the US elect mayors in many different ways. Most notably for this question, some elect mayors on partisan ballots others do not. Given that most or all of the ...
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Did the 2022 Southend West by-election set a record for the highest number of spoilt ballots in a Parliamentary election?

The 2022 Southend West by-election was held on February 3rd, to elect a replacement for the previous incumbent Sir David Amess, who was murdered while attending a constituency surgery in October 2021. ...
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what effect, if any, will the potentially over 1 million COVID deaths have on the outcome of the 2022 US midterm elections? [closed]

There are currently over 880,000 registered COVID deaths in the US, and every day another 2-3000 more are added to the tally, so it is very likely that by November, there will be over 1 million COVID ...
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Why does China hold elections at a local level?

According to Politics of China, Elections in China occur under a single-party authoritarian political system. Elections occur only at the local level, not the national level. China is among few ...
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Why are many US school boards elected?

I think it is odd that school boards are elected in many if not most school districts in the United States. This makes me wonder what the political and historical reasons for electing school boards. ...
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FL-20 election two-party swing by precinct?

In Florida, there was a special election held on January 11 to the US House to replace the late Alcee Hastings. The overall swing was about 6 points towards the Democratic Party compared to the last ...
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Did the French right wing ever call to vote for left wing candidates prior to 2012?

I am searching for any occasions, prior to 2012 and especially between 1995 and 2007, at which the right wing, especially the French President Jacques Chirac himself, called to vote for left wing when ...
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Are There Countries Beside The USA That Have Partisan Elected Officials Run Elections?

In the United States, the predominant election administrators are county clerks elected as partisan elected officials, and state level secretaries of state, who are elected as partisan elected ...
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Are there elections where the result tally is made public before the election is complete?

The usual way of conducting elections is to start counting votes after the polls are closed or at least to only start announcing results after the last voter has cast their vote. There’s always some ...
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Why were the Liberal Democrats successful in the North Shropshire by-election instead of Labour?

In the 2019 general election, the Labour Party came in second in North Shropshire. In this year's by-election, however, not only are the Liberal Democrats the main challenger to the Conservatives, ...
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Is It A Coincidence That Election Day In The U.S. Is The Tuesday Closest To Guy Fawkes Day? [duplicate]

The question speaks for itself. An existing question is facially similar but doesn't get at this particular issue.
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NYC general mayoral and comptroller election results in New York State's 14th and 15th congressional districts?

I was researching NYC's mayoral election. Two districts stand out to me that are entirely within NYC: the 14th and 15th district. I am curious about how the election went in those two districts in ...
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Is there a version of IRV where eliminated candidates may come back if they gain enough votes?

In 2009 the Burlington mayoral election failed to elect the Condorcet winner while using IRV. Looking at the results table, there seems to be two simple modifications that could've changed the outcome:...
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What is a "sticker candidate"?

I'm looking through old election returns and saw that a candidate in the 1942 Michigan Senate election is listed as a "sticker candidate". What is a "sticker candidate"?
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What happens if some folks can prove that the election is rigged in Iraq?

As the election of Iraq was held two days ago and initial results are calculated, Muqtada al-Sadr had won the election, but some parties have strongly criticized the election and called it a "...
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New Jersey early voting statistics 2021

I typed "2021 early vote New Jersey statistics" into my search engine. I could not find any relevant results. Are there publicly available statistics on early voting in the 2021 New Jersey ...
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Early voting data for Ohio House elections 2021?

In Ohio there are two general elections for the House, in the 11th and 15th district. Both are to different degrees considered safe seats. Early voting started last Tuesday. I want to see the number ...
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Why isn't the CDU / FDP / AFD a viable coalition government in Germany (2021)?

Why aren't these parties considered a possibility to form a coalition government after the 2021 elections? They all represent the right-wing in Germany, and they have enough seats for a majority if ...
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How do the Ausgleichsmandate in Germany's Bundestag election work?

I'm aware of How does the German Bundestag election system work? but it seems rather broad and none of the answers go into detail about the Ausgleichsmandate (or leveling seats as Wikipedia translates ...
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What would be the political effects of the implementation of a Bhutan-like electoral system on a federal state? [closed]

Bhutan has a unique political system, in which elections to the National Assembly ( the lower house of the bicameral Bhutanese parliament ) happen in two rounds. In the first round, a nationwide vote ...
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Why is the US envoy to Haiti criticising the US support for Ariel Henry as prime-minister of Haiti?

According to the recent Democracy Now article, titled, Haiti Envoy Resigns Over Mass Deportations, Blasts History of US Interventions, Daniel Foote, the US envoy to Haiti wrote in his resignation ...
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How Will the California Recall Work Exactly?

If the current Governor doesn't get more than 50% of the vote, does that mean the next highest voted candidate wins? If the recall does get voted through, how long will the new Governor serve for?
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What happens if Gavin Newsom resigns or dies before the recall vote?

The U.S. state of California is holding a recall election to determine if Governor Gavin Newsom should be removed from office and who should replace him if removed. It is unclear to me what happens ...
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