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While highly unlikely in the U.S. today, it seems to me there is historical evidence to support an argument it is theoretically possible for a pardon to substantially impact elections. In 1990 South African President F. W. de Klerk released a political prisoner, Nelson Mandela. In 1964, Mandela had be been sentenced to life imprisonment. 1994 Mandela ...


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Can a US President realistically pardon enough people to sway an election? It is not likely such pardons it would have much effect. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as of 15 February 2020, there were 141,593 U.S. citizens in Federal Correctional Institutions throughout the U.S. The total popular vote for Trump and Clinton, in 2016, was 128,838,...


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There are no constitutional limits on the number of pardons that a president can issue. But there is very little evidence of three key points There is no reason to think that the large number of federal prisoners who are suddenly released would line up to vote for the president. Especially a Republican president, given how racially polarised both the ...


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Actually Indonesia has a larger voter population than Brazil (the accepted answer). For the 2019 election On 5 September 2018, the KPU announced there were 187 million registered voters – 185,732,093 in Indonesia and 2,049,791 voting abroad. The Indonesian president is directly elected albeit in a two-round system (like Brazil), but candidates need the ...


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It will come down to how popular your least preferred candidate is in the rest of the constituency. If you think they are likely to get to a full quota in the first couple of counts, then expressing further preferences will do little to stop it, as they will already have been elected by the time your original preferences will have been exhausted. If you ...


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Morally, I agree with the message of the other current answers that in the absence of more information on the intentions of your fellow voters, it is often worth honestly stating your full ordering of preferences for candidates under STV. However it is worth noting that because the order in which candidates are eliminated influences the final result, the ...


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If you intend to do your utmost to ensure that this candidate does not get elected, it would be wise to rank every other candidate higher than them. It is possible to think of an STV election as a series of voting rounds as candidates are eliminated and/or win seats. If the final "voting round" is between your two least favourite candidates (that is, ...


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Assuming you are talking about the Irish General Elections that are coming up (seeing your account states you are Irish) That works as follows: The 160 members of Dáil Éireann will be elected by single transferable vote (STV) from 39 constituencies, each returning between three and five TDs (Dáil deputies). Voters complete a paper ballot, numbering ...


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Each satellite will have delegates as would an individual precinct, and all the satellites’ delegates will be grouped into the equivalent of one “county” at the next step. people are not voting as part of their back-home-in-Iowa county, but as part of this Iowans-out-of-state County. This is according to this article in Slate The same rules that govern ...


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Anyone can be a (presidential, senate, house, etc) candidate. The choice of who is the Republican or the Democrat candidate is up to those parties to decide. In the case of presidential races, both of those parties choose to run some form of national election. Consider the Olympics: lots of 100m runners want to be their countries' 100m runner at the ...


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The very obvious one is a professional wrestling elimination match. The Elimination Chamber is one such. An Elimination Chamber match is a match which takes place in a large, circular steel cage that surrounds the entire ring. The chamber contains four clear, plexiglass pods which hold four of the six wrestlers in the match. A pod opens every five minutes ...


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It's like a broken garbage truck rumbling down the road towards Election. Since the truck is broken, all the lightweight trash gets jumbled around, and then flies off the back to be strewn in the wake of garbage truck, until, finally, at the end, only the most heavyweight of the garbage remains. In the meantime, it stinks like hell and makes a mess of every ...


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What analogy best explains the narrowing down of presidential candidates for a general election? The analogy I find most often used is "separate the wheat from the chaff"; for which the term winnow is used rather than the expression. Literally, winnow (1a(1)) means "to remove (something, such as chaff) by a current of air". Figuratively, in the political ...


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I did find a survey published nearly 20 years ago. To begin with, the issue methodology (i.e. metric to use) is actually not entirely trivial... How can we measure the degree of malapportionment across electoral systems? Ratios of largest-to-smallest districts might seem an obvious means for assessing malapportionment. However, such ratios actually ...


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