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Elections are the process by which a populace elects their political leaders. Elections are typically only utilized in democratic nations with some exceptions. Elections come in multiple different forms such as: First Past the Post (the first person to win a relative majority), Absolute Majority (the winner is the candidate which receives 50%+1 of the votes), Instant Run-Off Voting (system where voters rank their preferred candidates), and many more.

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so were there some Senators who took truncated terms? Yes, that's exactly how it was done. For example Vermont elected its first two Senators in 1791. One Senator was up for re-election in … 1794 (and lost), and the other was up for re-election in 1796 (and resigned). Hawaii elected two Senators upon its statehood in 1959. One term expired in 1962, and the other in 1964. …
answered Nov 11 '18 by dan04