POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Election Results

The elections results summarize the voting results of an election. Election results are also known as the voting results or the election outcome. 

The election results should represent the different views of voters as well as possible. Results, of course, must represent the electoral system and various seal allocation methods in order to present an accurate picture of the election. 

Specific rules such as an electoral threshold, which has to be crossed in order for candidates or political parties to be entitled to be part of the government should be present on any results released to the public, or indeed to the voters at large. For example, there is a 5% threshold in the German Parliament (Bundestag) which prevents any political party which gets less than 5% of the vote from gaining any seats. Similarly, the point where a candidate or party is the main winner of the election should also be clearly present to avoid any confusion. This enables people to see who has won an election at a glance. 

Our results are available to download as an unchangeable .pdf for your convenience and security. 

See also: Election, Electoral System, D'Hondt Highest Averages Method, Hare-Niemeyer Method, Webster-Method

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