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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

The reason for the founding fathers to do this was in part because they viewed the President as supposed to be an elder statesman who had shown through his career to be reliable in his values and not ...
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How come Lord Buckethead could stand for election pseudonymously?

If you watch the actual result in Maidenhead, you will see that particular candidate's vote is announced by the acting Returning Officer as "Jonathan, David; known as Lord Buckethead; 249." Similarly ...
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In the US, can a former president run again?

Prior to the passage of the twenty-second amendment, Grover Cleveland served non-consecutive terms (and Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms). So clearly it was legal then. The active ...
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If a US citizen were born on US military base abroad, would they be considered as born on US soil and thus eligible to be elected US president?

Children born to US citizens are considered 'natural' US citizens regardless of where they are born. If US citizen has a child at an overseas military base, or in a foreign country, or even on Mars, ...
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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

The age minimum is set by the US Constitution. It is very challenging to pass constitutional amendments, and so far not enough people have both wanted to change and cared enough about changing the age ...
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Could a US citizen born through "birth tourism" become President?

Could a US citizen born through "birth tourism" become President? Yes in principle, with some provisions: Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution imposes only three eligibility ...
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Can an extra nomination in the French presidential election prevent a person's candidacy?

No - this scenario is discussed on the constitutional council’s website (from the 2017 Presidential election). The process is that a maximum of fifty parrainages from one département will be ...
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For how long could UK opposition parties prevent new elections?

Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the next election is due on 5 May 2022. If the opposition has a strong enough desire to do so, it can delay any election until that date.
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Can one run for House and Senate at the same time?

There are no restrictions at the federal level for running for multiple offices at once. However, at least six states have imposed restrictions on running for multiple offices concurrently: Colorado ...
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If a US citizen were born on US military base abroad, would they be considered as born on US soil and thus eligible to be elected US president?

Military bases are not US soil; neither are US embassies or consulates. Here's what the US State Department's Foreign Affairs Manual has to say about it (8 FAM 301.1-3 NOT INCLUDED IN THE MEANING OF ...
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Georgia Secretary of State's power to enforce the 14th amendment of the US constitution re. deny Marjorie Taylor Green's right to run for re-election?

The relevant statute in Georgia is GA Code § 21-2-5 (2020) - it’s a bit long to reproduce here, but the general gist of the law is to first establish that all candidates for election must meet the ...
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What's the justification behind having a minimum age for politicians that is higher than the minimum age for voters?

Justifications will vary from place to place. You mention the US example in your question, and this answer presents the justification that the US founders gave for this part of the US Constitution. ...
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Can one run for House and Senate at the same time?

As far as I know, there is no restriction. The question was raised when Joe Lieberman ran simultaneously for Senate and Vice President in 2000 (had he won both, he would have resigned his senate seat ...
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Result if a sitting president was found ineligible by surprise discovery of origin

If this actually happens, it will trigger a constitutional crisis. This Slate article speculates that the only likely actions would be resignation or impeachment. The President will likely voluntarily ...
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Could a US citizen born through "birth tourism" become President?

To serve as president, one must: Be a natural-born citizen of the U.S. Be at least 35 years old Have been a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years Provided they've lived in the US long enough ...
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In the US, can a former president run again?

The US has a presidential term limit of two terms; it doesn't matter whether or not the terms are consecutive. If you've served two terms, you can never again be President; if you haven't served two ...
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Is there a term limit for prime minister of Pakistan?

I originally misread the question to refer to the president of Pakistan. The restrictions on the president and Prime Minister of Pakistan are set forth in the constitution of Pakistan. However, ...
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What's the justification behind having a minimum age for politicians that is higher than the minimum age for voters?

In the US there is no "justification". The two ages were put in place in two completely different eras for completely unrelated purposes. The Latin root for Senate, Senex, means "old man". The ...
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Why do laws restrict voting rights for felons long after their sentence is served?

The main reason is a corrupt one: to increase and maintain the political power of a (tyrannical) ruling party. It can outlaw customs and traits specific to opposing parties, and jail their voters. ...
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Requirements for creating a new political party in USA

Federal Registration The Federal Election Commission handles this at the federal level. According to their website, registration requirements include: The party should have nominated Presidential ...
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Georgia Secretary of State's power to enforce the 14th amendment of the US constitution re. deny Marjorie Taylor Green's right to run for re-election?

From where does the Georgia Secretary of State derive power to enforce the 14th amendment of the US constitution...? From the constitution. State and federal officers are sworn to uphold it. There ...
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If a US citizen were born on US military base abroad, would they be considered as born on US soil and thus eligible to be elected US president?

Well, Wikipedia says of the best known example (mentioned in a comment): Had he been elected, [John McCain] would have become the first president physically born outside the United States. This ...
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Could a US citizen born through "birth tourism" become President?

The Supreme Court hasn't directly ruled on the meaning of the natural-born citizen clause. However, obiter dictum in the Wong Kim Ark ruling gives us some clues. Emphasis mine. In Minor v. ...
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Can a U.S. Presidental candidate skip or avoid registering for the ballot in any given state?

Can a U.S. presidential candidate successfully run for national office without being on the ballot in one or more states? Yes, they can. In the 2016 presidential election, many minor candidates were ...
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If a US citizen were born on US military base abroad, would they be considered as born on US soil and thus eligible to be elected US president?

As we know, the US Constitution provides that only a US citizen born on US soil can be elected US president. False, there is no provision of the US Constitution that clearly states such a requirement....
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What’s the point of a party running with a list in the federal election if it cannot possibly pass the electoral threshold?

Publicity Have you ever heard of that party before? Well, now that you discovered that they are running for Bundestag, you have. Maybe you even looked up what their political ideas are and wondered ...
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Why are closed, taxpayer-funded primaries Constitutional?

As you pointed out, parties are private organizations, and therefore are not bound by Constitutional limitations. It is true that party primaries are generally funded and administered by the state, ...
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Why do countries have term limits on presidents and prime ministers?

You might be interested in this list of political term limits across the world at this Wikipedia link. However there are still 54 Presidential and Prime Minister offices in the world that do not ...
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Why do laws restrict voting rights for felons long after their sentence is served?

Strictly speaking, it would generally not be laws (statutes), but a state constitution which governs voting qualifications, but statutes may clarify the implementation of the constitution. For ...
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For how long could UK opposition parties prevent new elections?

@JoeC is correct. Also bear in mind that it is possible to change the government without calling an election. If Johnson were to resign as Prime Minister then he would get to nominate a successor. I ...
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