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Election Campaigns: Nominations, Strategies, Etc

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University of Saskatchewan
Political Studies
POLS 205
Loleen Berdahl

POLS 205 2011-01-27 Election Campaigns: Nominations, Strategies, Etc. Public Choice Theory - Parties look for large blocks of votes - Geographically-concentrated votes - Not all voters are viewed equally - Focus on voters located in strategic constituencies - Voters are rational; voters make their decisions based on what’s best for them personally Nomination requirements - Somebody has to be an qualified elector o Chief electoral officer can’t vote - Nomination papers must be submitted o Must be signed by designated number of qualified electors besides themselves o People can do much better if they can attach themselves to a major political party  Typically a local matter  Can set their own rules, as long as they respect the Elections Act  If an individual is going to run as a party member, the party’s leader must sign their papers  It gives the party leader power o They can outright refuse o They can use the threat of not signing the papers to encourage the candidate not to go through the proce
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