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Not So Fast on That 'Stolen Election' Report

Vox analysis thinks evidence is weak

(Newser) - A post at the Daily Intelligencer on Tuesday gave fresh hope to depressed Democrats who are hoping for some way, any way, to prevent a Donald Trump presidency. The article noted that a group of "prominent computer scientists and election lawyers" (including J. Alex Halderman, director of the University... More »

Trump-Endorsed Lawmaker Calls Ex-Supporter Fat, Loses Election

'She has become a mean girl on steroids'

(Newser) - North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, who was Donald Trump's first official congressional endorsement, lost her primary contest Tuesday after calling a former supporter fat, USA Today reports. According to WNCN , Ellmers was caught on video telling a woman at a polling place that she had "gained some weight.... More »

Reformists Make Big Gains in Iran Elections

But no political camp is expected to win a majority

(Newser) - Partial results released Sunday indicate that Iranian reformists will win all 30 parliamentary seats contested in the capital, Tehran, handing hard-liners an embarrassing defeat in the first elections held since last year's nuclear deal, which appears to be propelling moderates to their best nationwide electoral showing in more than... More »

France's Le Pen Sues Madonna Ex Over Selfie

'Do you find it normal to be photographed while asleep on a plane?'

(Newser) - A far-right French politician is suing one of Madonna's ex-boyfriends for nearly $55,000—all because of an unflattering selfie taken on an airplane. Jean-Marie Le Pen—whom the Telegraph labels a "veteran xenophobic firebrand"—is miffed that the now-viral photo of him snoozing away in his... More »

Spain Election Puts Ruling Party on the Brink

The Popular Party may not have enough votes to hold on

(Newser) - A strong showing Sunday by a pair of upstart parties in Spain's general election upended the country's traditional two-party system, with the ruling Popular Party winning the most votes but falling far short of a parliamentary majority and at risk of being booted from power. Days or weeks... More »

Projection: Far Right Thumped in France

National Front goes from hot to not in regional elections

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front collapsed in French regional elections Sunday, failing to take a single region after dominating the first round of voting, pollsters projected. The conservatives surged against the governing Socialists, changing the political map of France. The failure of the National Front to gain any... More »

Socialists Seethe: Venezuela Votes for 'Counter Revolution'

Crowds celebrate as Maduro blames 'economic war'

(Newser) - Venezuela's opposition won control of the National Assembly by a landslide, trouncing the ruling party and altering the balance of power after almost 17 years of socialist rule. The opposition coalition won at least 99 seats in the incoming 167-seat legislature, electoral authorities announced after midnight Sunday. The ruling... More »

Inside North Korea's Bizarre, Compulsory Elections

Voters were "singing and dancing" as they cast their ballots

(Newser) - To say North Koreans turned out in droves to vote in state elections yesterday would be an understatement, because state media are reporting 99.7% voter turnout, Sky News reports. That's only the first eyebrow-raiser about the country's electoral process, held every four years so voters can "... More »

The Reign of 'King Bibi': What's Next?

Pundits square off over how Netanyahu's victory will affect Israel, the world

(Newser) - It appears that Benjamin Netanyahu can claim a stunning victory in yesterday's election, nabbing a fourth term as prime minister. But there are conflicting views on what his grip on the reins means for Israel and, by extension, the rest of the world. What some are saying:
  • Not optimistic:
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Netanyahu: If I Win, No Palestinian State

Israeli Prime Minister draws line on eve of snap election

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it plain today on the eve of a snap election in Israel: If he wins, there will be no Palestinian state, the New York Times reports. "I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands, is giving... More »

Nigeria Postpones Elections Amid Boko Haram Crisis

Officials say voters' safety can't be ensured on original date of Feb. 14

(Newser) - Nigeria is postponing presidential and legislative elections until March 28 because security forces fighting an Islamic extremist uprising cannot ensure voters' safety around the country, the electoral commission announced today, a week before the vote was scheduled to occur. Millions could be disenfranchised if voting originally scheduled for Feb. 14... More »

Croatia Gets First Female President

Conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic wins runoff election

(Newser) - A conservative populist become Croatia's first female president today after beating the center-left incumbent in a runoff election amid deep discontent over economic woes in the European Union's newest member . The state electoral commission said that with about 97% of the vote counted, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic won 50.54%,... More »

Political Strategist Has House, Cars Blown Up

Strategist for pro-solar candidate loses all of his belongings

(Newser) - A political strategist in Louisiana saw his possessions go up in smoke this week when two firebombs blew up his cars and spread far enough to burn down his home, WWL reports via Fusion . Mario Zervigon, his family, and fellow tenants escaped their New Orleans apartment building on Thursday, leaving... More »

Town Sues Its Own Voters for 'Fatally Flawed' Election

Colorado lawsuit aims to sort out controversial April Fools' Day election

(Newser) - If they had just elected a dog for mayor , none of this would have happened. At least that's what 61 registered voters in Montezuma, Colo., must be thinking after they received notice their own town is suing each and every one of them to appear in court to figure... More »

Ukraine Elects a New President

Poroshenko claims 55.9% of vote, avoids runoff

(Newser) - The polls are closed in Ukraine, and national exit polls are indicating a clear first-round victory for chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko, reports the BBC . Poroshenko claimed a decisive 55.9% of the vote, while Yulia Tymoshenko won a distant second-place slot with only 12.9%, reports the AP , amid heavy... More »

815M Voters Begin World's Biggest Election

India's vast electorate goes to the polls in month-long exercise

(Newser) - An Indian electorate some 814.5 million strong is preparing to cast ballots in the world's biggest democratic election. Beginning in the northeast, the country will vote for its next leadership over the course of several weeks, with polls closing May 12, the New York Times reports. The vote... More »

North Korea Holds So-Called 'Elections'

Rubber-stamp process gives Kim Jong-Un a chance to reorganize

(Newser) - It's election time in North Korea, meaning there's only one candidate running per office in the Supreme People's Assembly, and voters have two options: writing "Yes" or "No" on the ballots, the BBC reports. Not only that, voters who don't support the ruling Workers'... More »

Loophole Lets Candidate Run for Congress in 4 States

Allan Levene realized that legal-residency requirement doesn't apply to primaries

(Newser) - Allan Levene is running for Congress in his home state of Georgia, but if he loses in the Republican primary in May, he's got a Plan B, a Plan C, and a Plan D. As Fox News explains, Levene is actually on the ballot for congressional seats in four... More »

Azerbaijan Announces Election Winner —Before the Election

Results sent out on smartphone app

(Newser) - Voting for the next president of Azerbaijan wasn't supposed to start until yesterday—but the day before, results were already amazingly posted on a Central Election Commission smartphone app. The app said incumbent president Ilham Aliyev was winning with 73% of the vote, continuing his family's decades-long reign... More »

Inside a Man's Wire-Inspired Run for Mayor of Moscow

Alexei Navalny is getting to run a kinda sorta almost free campaign

(Newser) - This Sunday, Moscow will hold something almost unheard of in the Vladimir Putin era: an actual election. The Kremlin is for once allowing an avowed foe—anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny —to run, although the playing field is hardly even. Navalny is banned from running TV ads, while Kremlin-backed incumbent... More »

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