Federal Council elections in December 2015. File photo: AFP On Wednesday, the Swiss parliament will vote in two new members of the seven-member government known as the Federal Council. But what does that actually mean for the Swiss political life in the coming years? Don't expect fireworks Wednesday is a big day for Swiss politics. In a secret ballot, the parliament will vote in two new members of the Federal Council, the country's seven-member executive. This is the closest thing that Switzerland has to a presidential election. A seat on the Federal Council is the apex of a career in Swiss politics and the national media have spent the last few weeks examining the virtues and vices of the candidates. READ ALSO: Ten things you need to know about the Swiss political system But anyone expecting a huge shift in Swiss politics after tomorrow's elections will most likely come away disappointed. Under the unique Swiss system, the government represents all of the country's four … [Read more...] about Here’s what’s at stake in the Swiss Federal Council elections
Council elections 2017
Tuesday’s Roanoke City Council race boosted turnout compared with the last two May elections — by as much as 5 percentage points in some precincts — seemingly on the strength of enthusiasm for Democrats in the race.Including absentee ballots, 8,213 of the city’s 61,102 registered voters went to the polls for a total turnout of 13.44 percent — up from 12.07 percent and 13.14 percent in the 2016 and 2014 council elections.By contrast, turnout was multiple times higher in recent national and statewide November elections — 32.8 percent in Roanoke for last year’s gubernatorial election, and 69.8 percent in the 2016 presidential election.In recent years, its taken a major issue, such as the demolition of Victory Stadium in the 2006 council election (25.8 percent turnout), or a heated council and mayoral race like that of 2008 (19 percent turnout) to get Roanoke voters to the polls in May.Voters this time marked ballots for … [Read more...] about Roanoke’s voter turnout up for council race, but still anemic compared with November elections
ELECTION day is almost upon us once again, where the nation takes to the polls to vote in the next generation of representatives. Thousands of council seats are up for grabs on Thursday, with Labour set to make gains in the capital, and the Tories elsewhere in the leafy suburbs. And while Jeremy Corbyn's anti-Semitism problems could cost him dearly, Theresa May's just lost her close ally the Home Secretary Amber Rudd and is in a fight with her Brexiteer MPs over the Customs Union. There's all to play for as the polls open at 7am tomorrow morning. But if you're growing tired of red vs blue, and don't fancy the yellows or greens either, don't worry. There's plenty of other weird, wonderful and wacky parties to put your cross next to - if that's what takes your fancy. Official Monster Raving Loony Party Yes, they are still going - but unfortunately with six candidates across the UK. Known for their huge rossettes, mad outfits and nutty nature, the Loonys have been a feature of British … [Read more...] about All the weird and wacky alternative parties standing at the local elections – including the Monster Raving Loonies, Yorkshire Party and Polish Pride
AUSTIN — A leading conservative in the Texas House has drawn fire for highlighting the fact a Euless City Council candidate is a Muslim who he warns would bring "massive changes" to the suburban Tarrant County city. On Facebook on Monday, Bedford Republican Rep. Jonathan Stickland said Euless residents should "beware" that Salman Bhojani is part of "a slate of progressive liberals in our non-partisan city council elections."Stickland said Bhojani is "a Muslim, lawyer, and a lifelong Democrat who supports raising your taxes."Stickland, who is a member of the Texas Freedom Caucus in the House, linked to a video that he said in a brief interview Thursday is posted on Bhojani's campaign website.It shows a TV news story, apparently airing overseas and in another language, about how a Muslim Boy Scout troop presented the American flag and apparently recited from the Quran at the start of a March 2017 Euless City Council meeting.It was "thanks to Mr. Bhojani," Stickland said, … [Read more...] about Texas lawmaker aims ‘Muslim’ as epithet against Euless City Council candidate
Is it a throw-the-bums-out kind of year for the Roanoke City Council?Three Democratic and two independent challengers to incumbent Councilmen Ray Ferris and Bill Bestpitch in the May 1 race for three seats are hoping so.If they’re right, it would seem to signal a shift from apparent voter satisfaction with who is on council and the direction of the city — at least if voter turnout is any indication.Beginning in 2010, after years of turmoil and change on the council tied mostly to the angry, emotional debate about whether to restore or demolish Victory Stadium, council membership has been stable — and the number of votes cast in council elections has fallen off dramatically. It’s declined each of the last three elections.In the four elections between 2000 and 2004, an average of 33,661 votes were cast in Roanoke council elections — not including votes in mayoral races. Each individual voter can cast up to three ballots.The peak came in 2006 at 40,251 … [Read more...] about Will the fall’s electoral tide extend to Roanoke’s spring council election?