Foreign Election Interference

The allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US elections have led to a series of investigations into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. In this installment of our blog series on foreign election interference, we examine the international law surrounding the issue. Continue reading

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The French Parliament will soon be in session after a long campaign and the nervous eyes of Europe watching. The election was predicted to be a battle between the old guard and the newcomers in French politics.

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Democratic Unionist Party in coalition with the Tories

The dust hasn’t settled after last Thursday’s unexpected hung Parliament in the snap UK general election. Theresa May’s decision to call the election while ahead by over 20 points in the polls has spectacularly backfired, forcing the Conservatives into a frantic search for parliamentary allies willing to support them in forming a minority government. At this stage the most likely partner appears to be the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland. Here we give you a rundown of who the DUP are and what they stand for. Continue reading

En Marche! The French Parliamentary Elections

Voters went to the polls yesterday to take part in round one of the French parliamentary elections. Following Emmanuel Macron’s ascension to the presidency last month, the question remained whether or not his anti-establishment En Marche party could back him up with a parliamentary majority. Here we bring you a comprehensive breakdown of the results in #Election News. Continue reading

UK General Election Delivers Hung Parliament

In what was a crucial election for both the UK and EU, Britain has been left with a hung parliament. Read about the results and the possible implications of this historic election.

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Houses of Parliament: the British Election System

So how does the British election system actually work? This is a question that many people will be asking on Thursday – including many Brits. The British public is going to the polls following the call for a snap election by PM May on April 19. We will be covering the results when they come in but today we are looking at just how the British election system works.

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Russian intervention In Elections

Foreign intervention in democratic elections is a hot political topic in the US and the West in general. Allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election have overshadowed the start of 45th president’s first term in office, leading to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. In this new blog series, we will explore the topic of foreign intervention in elections. Here we begin with the latest political science theory behind election interference. Continue reading

Polyas stellt Online-Wahlen auf der SMAU in Padova vor

Polyas is continuing to develop its presence in the Italian market. For the second time this year, Polyas will be making the trip over the Alps to take part in the SMAU technology fair on the 8th and 9th of July. Continue reading

Das Forschungsprojekt FlexiVote

 

In 2015, Polyas, in cooperation with Micromata GmbH and the Technical University (TU) in Darmstadt, Germany, founded the FlexiVote research project. The idea was to create a digital construction kit, which could be used to help build democratic elections. The end of 2016 saw it completed – today we are taking a look at the implications of FlexiVote.

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Online Voting Political Elections

Voter participation and political engagement make up the lifeblood of our democracies. A general lack of participation can call into question the very legitimacy of our leaders and the decisions they make. Throughout this blog series on voter participation, we’ve looked at lowering the voting age, mandatory voting, as well as voter education and registration as ways to encourage greater participation. In this final post, we look to another means befitting the digital era we live in – online voting in political elections. Continue reading

Voter education & registration

A lack of voter education & registration has led to widespread political apathy and low voter turnout. This has the impact of undermining the trust in and legitimacy of our democracies. Democracies ultimately derive their legitimacy from the participation of engaged citizens. Educating people about their voting rights and how to exercise them is therefore of great importance. In this edition of our blog series on voter participation, we take a look at voter education and registration. Continue reading

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The Iranian Presidential election results are out and the incumbent Rouhani has won a second term in office. Read on for the full results and reaction in this edition of #Election News! Continue reading