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People tend to pay attention to politics when there's a heated Presidential election happening. But what about all of those other names and items, just a little bit lower on the ballot? Down Ballot is a podcast that discusses government and politics on a local level.
 
If you’re slogging through a California ballot packet the size of a phonebook, we’re here to help! We’ll be posting pro-con debates on high-stakes ballot propositions, interviews with candidates for offices that will shape the politics of the state, and special reports on everything from how the pandemic’s changing voting, to where big money’s flowing into small offices. Subscribe with Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, or by pasting this linkinto any podcast player.
 
In the digital era, information and the social media platforms used to spread it have become weapons of choice for those seeking to short circuit American democracy. Yahoo News' new weekly podcast Bots & Ballots explores the intersection of politics and technology as told by those in Washington, DC, and Silicon Valley trying to prevent a repeat of the infiltration of the 2016 presidential election.
 
Never Mind the Ballots is a podcast tackling the biggest political issues in Bristol. The show is hosted by Bristol Live's politics editor, Esme Ashcroft, who will be joined by a different politician and member of the public each week. Each episode will address stories from the past week, with guests offering their opinions and values.
 
Georgia has been the epicenter for the national conversation about who gets to vote and how those votes are counted. In the last few years, many changes have been made through the courts and the court of public opinion. Now, the 2020 election will be the biggest test the state has seen. Georgia Public Broadcasting political reporter Stephen Fowler walks through the ins and outs of how voting works in Georgia, highlighting the good, the bad and the complicated.
 
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This special bonus episode continues our dive into the upcoming German Federal Election, where Germans will be going to the polls to elect the next Bundestag and indicate their preferred successor to Angela Merkel as Chancellor. It provides an update on the state of the race and a special look at the parties who may not be providing the next Chance…
 
A vote on whether to recall Governor of California Gavin Newsom took place on 14th September, an attempt which Newsom comfortably survived despite polling at some parts of the campaign indicating a close result. Recalling, or at least attempting to recall, elected officials is extremely common in California, where it is exceedingly easy to do it. W…
 
On the 13th September Norway held regularly scheduled parliamentary elections which saw the left bloc return to power after 8 years of centre-right government. While the historically dominant Labour Party lost a seat, the success of its allies means its heading back into government after its longest spell in opposition. We dig into the background o…
 
This week's episode talks all things Scandinavia, looking back at the election results in last week’s Norwegian poll and looking ahead to next weekend’s Icelandic parliamentary elections. In Norway, Erna Solberg’s Conservative coalition was defeated and Jonas Gahr Støre looks set to replace her as Prime Minister, but with whom? The Socialist Left a…
 
This special bonus episode continues our dive into the upcoming Canadian Federal Election, where Justin Trudeau is attempting to regain a majority government. It provides an update on the state of the race and a special look at the parties which could cause Trudeu some problems – the Greens and the Bloc Quebecois.With under a week to go, Sam and Ch…
 
Morocco's 8th September parliamentary election produced dramatic shifts as the Islamic-democratic Justice and Development Party (PJD) lost almost all of its seats after leading the country's government since 2011. The winners were largely parties more supportive of the country's powerful monarchy, which had disliked the PJD and sought to undermine …
 
The coverage of the manic month of national parliamentary elections continues with a look at the upcoming German federal election, where the German public is searching for the replacement for Angela Merkel as Chancellor. Will it be Olaf Scholz, Armin Laschet or Annalena Baerbock? With just over two weeks to go until polling day in Germany, Sam and …
 
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The coverage of the manic month of national parliamentary elections continues with a look at the upcoming Norwegian parliamentary election, where Erna Solberg is looking to become the first Prime Minister to win three consecutive terms in office. In the Land of the Midnight Sun, who is going to come out on top? With just over a week to go until pol…
 
We're diving into the murky world of semi-authoritarianism, where there are still somewhat competitive elections but where the system is heavily slanted in one direction. We discuss what's behind the rise of this unlikely (and now rather common) regime type, and why authoritarians who hold elections can actually be quite stable and long-lived. Fill…
 
We are back and getting ready for a huge month of elections all over the world! This week's episode takes a look at the upcoming Canadian Federal Election, triggered in the past few weeks by Justin Trudeau attempting to regain a majority government. It also takes a look at the results from Nova Scotia where Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservative Pa…
 
On 12th August Zambians went to the polls in an election which was surrounded by concerns around creeping authoritarianism and the actions of President Lungu to skew the vote in his favour. A knife edge contest was predicted. Instead opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema won a landslide victory and his UPND party won a parliamentary majority, rev…
 
Nova Scotia held provincial elections on the 17th August, which were won in a shock victory by the opposition Progressive Conservatives. We dig into the runners and riders and the main issues in the election. But with a snap federal election upcoming in September, it wouldn't make much sense to leave Canada without previewing events at the national…
 
This week we're looking at ways you can twist elections to your advantage. We're covering Gerrymandering, biased electoral laws, voter suppression, electoral registration and misinformation- and we've tried not to just talk about the US all episode. If you've ever wanted to learn more about the 'Tullymander' now's your chance! As always please rate…
 
Connect with Andru Ballota: @andru-ballota www.andruballota.com twitter.com/AndruBallota instagram.com/aballota mixcloud.com/AndruBallota/ tinyurl.com/Airborneradio play.spotify.com/artist/7ptqPIUtY…&utm_medium=open #AirborneRadio 079 HI-LO & Reinier Zonneveld - Balearic Mornings (Extended Mix) [Filth On Acid] Ferry Corsten - Lemme Take You (Extend…
 
This week's episode is all about reshuffles, focussing on major Cabinet reshuffles that have recently taken place in Spain and India. Narendra Modi has expanded his Cabinet once again and has boosted representation of Uttar Pradesh citizens in anticipation of next year’s state elections. Was this reshuffle an admission that the Government has got t…
 
On 1st August Mexicans went to the polls for the first exercise of direct democracy in the modern history of the country. It was a weird, ultimately vacuous exercise that asked a nearly incomprehensible question. The referendum, asking voters if they approved the prosecution of former presidents, was also useless, considering this is already the la…
 
This week's episode focusses on some recent developments in the United States, assessing the closing cases of the 2020-21 Supreme Court session and discussing Eric Adams’ victory in the New York City Democratic Primary. The new Conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court finished the latest session with some rulings on voting rights, non-profit…
 
In September Germany will hold one of the most consequential elections in its recent history, with huge ramifications for the direction of that country and Europe as a whole. We're breaking down where the parties are standing at the moment and what the likely outcomes of September's contest are. And as usual we'll also fill you in on some of the ba…
 
The United Kingdom is an oddity in Europe for many reasons, but not least through its use of the majoritarian first-past-the-post voting system. We discuss why efforts to change the UK's electoral system have failed, from the end of the first world war, to the New Labour era to the AV referendum. We also ruminate if and how such efforts could ever …
 
This week's Olympic-themed episode focusses on the politics and parties of Japan, as the cauldron is lit to kickstart the controversial postponed 2020 Games in Tokyo. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Liberal Democratic Party is suffering a backlash for giving the Games the green light, and the new prominent opposition party – the Constitutional Demo…
 
This week's episode focusses on two elections held last weekend in Eastern Europe – parliamentary elections in Moldova and Bulgaria. In Moldova, recently-elected President Maia Sandu’s PAS triumphed with the largest vote share in Moldovan history, gaining the party’s first ever majority. What has been key to Sandu’s appeal? Is there a route back fo…
 
Our first return elections and they both happened on the same day! In this election we're returning to Bulgaria, which we last explored in April and which held its second parliamentary election this year on the 11th June. While the parties shifted a little, the overall result remains inconclusive. And in Moldova, which we covered on our very first …
 
Connect with Andru Ballota: @andru-ballota www.andruballota.com twitter.com/AndruBallota instagram.com/aballota mixcloud.com/AndruBallota/ tinyurl.com/Airborneradio play.spotify.com/artist/7ptqPIUtY…&utm_medium=open #AirborneRadio 078 Kryder & Natalie Shay - Rapture (Extended Mix) [Black Hole Recordings] Cristoph, Yotto, Sansa - Out Of Reach (Club …
 
This week's episode concludes our European-themed month to mark the postponed 2020 Euros tournament by talking about the parties and politics of one of the finalists - Italy. It also includes an update on Northern Ireland leadership a week on from Jeffrey Donaldson becoming the third DUP leader in two months, and the change of leadership in the Aus…
 
Following a referendum in 2019 preferential voting came to New York City this month, with all eyes focused on the all important Democratic primary and how its dynamics would change under the new system. We discuss what exactly is 'ranked choice voting'- as it was referred to here- what its political effects are, just who uses preferential systems (…
 
This week's episode continues our European-themed month to mark the postponed 2020 Euros tournament by talking about the parties and politics of France. It also includes analysis of the UK parliamentary by-election results in Batley and Spen where Kim Leadbeater and Keir Starmer’s Labour Party saw off a strong challenge from the Conservatives and G…
 
On the Mediterranean island of Corsica nationalist parties have achieved a hitherto undreamt of hegemony over island politics. Regional elections over last week confirmed this dominance, and we're breaking down how this has been achieved and the history of Corsican nationalism. While we're there, we survey the results of the rest of the French regi…
 
This week's episode continues our European-themed month to mark the postponed 2020 Euros tournament by talking about the parties and politics of Austria. It also includes analysis of the election results in Armenia where Nikol Pashinyan’s Civil Contract party once again won a majority in the aftermath of the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Additionally, it f…
 
Three elections for the price one one! This week we're covering the Mongolian presidential election, which saw a landslide victory for the candidate of the governing party and a potential restructuring of this surprising democracy's party system. But we're also examining Iran's unique brand of authoritarianism in its presidential elections, and hea…
 
This week's episode continues our European-themed month to mark the postponed 2020 Euros tournament by talking about the parties and politics of Finland. It also includes analysis of the election results in Mexico where Lopez Obrador’s MORENA party was denied the supermajority it so craved. Additionally, it features a review of the Chesham and Amer…
 
We're back in Latin America! We first tackle Peru's incredibly close run-off result, where leftist candidate Pedro Castillo edged out right-winger Keiko Fujimori to claim the presidency. Next we head north to Andres' homeland of Mexico, where a bumper set of federal, state and local elections have been taking place. While president Andrés Manuel Ló…
 
This week's episode continues our European-themed month to mark the postponed 2020 Euros tournament by talking about the parties and politics of Belgium. It also includes analysis of the election results in Peru where Pedro Castillo looks like he will become the next President, defeating three-time candidate Keiko Fujimori. Additionally, it feature…
 
DISY, AKEL, DIKO, EDEK...if its all (Cypriot) Greek to you then we're here to decode Cyprus' recent legislative elections, which saw something of a shakeup to its unique but long-lived party system. New parties made some waves in this election- and the old parties suffered some setbacks- in an election that featured surprisingly little mention of t…
 
This week's episode kicks of a European-themed month to mark the start of the postponed 2020 Euros tournament by talking about the parties and politics of Denmark. It also includes analysis of the election results in Cyprus where Nicos Anastasiades’ DISY and other pro-solution parties only just scraped a majority of votes. It also features an updat…
 
In a break form our regular election coverage, we're talking through some of our favourite strange conditional choices and weird electoral laws. Covered in this episode- Chile's binomial system, Israeli prime ministerial elections, Italy's ever-changing electoral laws, Serbia's turnout debacle, Alberta senate nominee elections, Mexico's 1977 electo…
 
This week's special extended episode takes a look at this year's Indian State elections across Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and takes a wider look at the state of the two big Indian parties. It also includes a review of the recent Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon cabinet reshuffles, as well as the changing of leadership …
 
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Last week Chileans voted in the second stage of a process to rewrite the Pinochet-era constitution which has ensured significant parts of the dictators' antidemocratic and neoliberal agenda have remained in place and constrained governments ever since he left office. Last year, following a turbulent periods of protests and repressive government res…
 
In this slightly extended final of a three-part series on the 2021 UK local and regional election results, Sam and Chern take a closer look at the results across England, as the Conservatives continued their assault on the former Red Wall, and romped to victory in the Hartlepool by-election. This episode also takes a look at the aftermath of the st…
 
In the second part of our UK coverage, we're tackling the largest component of the union, England. Home to 56 million people and a truly bizarre system of local government, the country held local elections on the 6th which revealed a changing party system. We explain the intricacies of local government in England, plus what the results mean for the…
 
In the second of a three-part series on the 2021 UK local and regional election results, this episode takes a closer look at the Scottish Parliament results, as the SNP fell just one seat short of a second majority. This episode also takes a look at the removal of Liz Cheney as the House Republican Conference Chair, and what this says about the sta…
 
It's part one of our big UK elections bonanza coverage. This episode we're diving into the parliamentary elections that took place in Scotland and Wales. For both of these countries this can credibly claim to be one of the most important contests since the advent of devolution. For Scotland it will play a key role in determining the shape of the co…
 
Don't worry, UK election coverage is inbound, but for now we're analysing the regional elections in the Madrid Community that took place last week. While Madrid's elections are normally pretty dull, this was the region's first early election and saw dramatic changes in the vote from 2019 when the last election took place. We dissect what these elec…
 
In the first of a three part series on the 2021 UK local and regional election results this epsiode takes a closer look at the races across Wales, as Labour equals their best ever performance in the Senedd. This episode also reviews the national election results in Albania, where Edi Rama led his party to a third consecutive majority, and last week…
 
In the third and final edition of a three part series previewing the 2021 UK local and regional elections, this epsiode takes a closer look at the races across Scotland, with a focus on the race to control the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood. This episode also reviews the results of this week's Tasmanian state elections in Australia as Peter Gutwei…
 
Albania went to the polls on 25th April and re-elected the incumbent Socialist Party to a record third term in office. We dive into the political dynamics of this unique country which both conforms and deviates from regional trends. Religiously diverse but without religiously orientated politics, Albania maintains a stable two-party system which ha…
 
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We're setting sail to two island nations with healthy democracies which held elections in the last few weeks. Cabo Verde stands as a democratic beacon off the west African coast, with a stable two-and-a-half party system and robust institutions for the last three decades. Its incumbent party scored a second term in office in this election. Samoa li…
 
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