2019 Kalșeri presidential election

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Kalșeri presidential election, 2019

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Turnout 19,814,344 (96.5% of registered voters)

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Nominee Maksimilianus Ureska Alejandra Ríos Soriano Damian Feynman
Party Social Cooperationist Liberal Democrat Libertarian
Home state Evalria Iskio Evalria
Popular vote 6,677,434 4,777,238 4,537,485
Percentage 33.7% 24.11% 22.9%

 
Nominee Cassandra Newell Matías Șandler
Party Kalșerians for Change Movement for Action
Home state Kalúen New Lothian
Popular vote 1,902,177 812,388
Percentage 9.6% 4.1%

Kalseri most voted map 2019.svg
Map showing the two most voted parties in each canton

President before election

Maksimilianus Ureska
SCP

Elected President

Maksimilianus Ureska
Social Cooperation Party

The 2019 Kalșeri presidential election was the 28th presidential election held in Kalșeri. It took place on September 20, 2019. Incumbent President and Social Cooperationist candidate Maksimilianus Ureska, who was allowed to run for a second term, was re-elected, with almost 14 percentage points over former President and Liberal Democrat candidate Alejandra Ríos Soriano. The election also saw the best performance in the polls by the Libertarian Party so far, reaching 22.9% of the preferences and overtaking Kalșerians for Change as the third-most voted party.

The Movement for Action received just over 4% of the preferences, while Șin Seri, the BIP and the Workers' Party of Urgel failed to reach 1%.

Even though Maksimilianus Ureska was alienated by some Liberal Cooperationists, his nomination as the official candidate for the Social Cooperation Party was never put into question, according to political analysts. The selection of candidates for the Liberal Democratic Party mostly consisted of candidates who had previously run for President, including former Presidents Alejandra Ríos Soriano and Phil Garner, as well as Élena Kunar, who had run in 2014; the series of withdrawals from the other candidates eventually meant that Ríos Soriano was the only serious candidate left. The Libertarian Party unanimously chose its pragmatic leader, Damian Feynman, in an effort to sway potential electors from the two main parties. Kalșerians for Change ultimately resorted to nominating High Summoner Cassandra Newell as the candidate for the party, as they had done ten and five years prior. The Movement for Action and Șin Seri initially considered running together by writing a common program and fielding a common candidate; however, the deal fell through when social policies were being discussed, as Șin Seri's staunch opposition to Christianity was incompatible with the Movement's espousal of Christianity as a core ideal.

On September 20 of every year ending with 4 or 9, Kalșerian citizens are called to vote for the President. Instant-runoff voting is employed, with the additional option of writing the preferred candidate's name, should they not appear in the ballot.

Candidates[edit]

According to Kalșerian election law, running parties are required to file their official candidate by 30 days before the election takes place, but important parties, such as the SCP and the LDP, usually choose their candidate before that date.

Social Cooperationists[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

  • Aleksandrus Șáșnegi (LG), President of the Social Cooperation Party, 2017-present. Withdrawal announced on February 28, 2019.
  • Al Backer (TK), Governor of Takalim, 2007-2014. Lost to Ureska in the Party Nomination of August 9, 2019.
  • Aleksandra Haus (EV), President of the Women's Union, 2009-present. Lost to Ureska in the Party Nomination of August 9, 2019.

Liberal Democrats[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

  • George Calhoun (NK), High Councillor for New Kerry, 2012-present. Withdrawal announced on February 26, 2019.
  • Élena Kunar (KL), President of the Liberal Democratic Party. Withdrawal announced on April 1, 2019.
  • Phil Garner (CV), President of Kalșeri, 1989-1999, Governor pro tempore of Iarkel, 1995. Withdrawal announced on April 9, 2019.
  • Julius Lyeman (NL), businessman, CEO of Lyeman Investments U1SK. Withdrawal announced on August 15, 2019.

Kalșerians for Change[edit]

  • Cassandra Newell (KL), High Summoner, High Councillor for Kalúen, 2012-present, President of Kalșerians for Change.

Withdrawn[edit]

  • Lawrence Keane (LG), CEO of Elektrem. Withdrawal announced on May 17, 2019.
  • Rikárd Honis (EV), civil rights activist. Withdrawal announced on June 3, 2019.

Other candidates[edit]

  • Libertarian Party: Damian Feynman (EV), Secretary of the party.
  • Movement for Action: Matías Șandler (NL), Secretary of the party, grandson of Ioen Rovuan.
  • British Interests Party: Jordan Heath (CS), Secretary of the party.
  • Workers' Alliance: Sibilla Seris (EV), President of the Workers' Party of Evalria
    • Withdrew on August 31, 2019 and encouraged electors to vote for Ureska instead.
  • Șin Seri: Grigor Komanș (NL), Leader of the party, High Councillor for Așál, 2017-present
  • Parti National Cartierois: Sébastien Parry (CI), Secretary of the party, Mayor of Enrikrél, 2013-present
  • Alianza Sanrafaelita: Esteban Velázquez Del Potro (SR), founder of the party, Governor of Iskio, 1993-2000
  • Communist Party of Kalșeri: Luis Logi (TI), Secretary of the party, Member of the Șindal Cantonal Council for Venhal, 1998-present
  • Socialist Fight: George Kaufman (TI), Secretary of the party, 2004-present
  • Kalșerian Communist Assembly: John Peter Fink (JV), Secretary of the party, 2006-present
  • Humanist Party: Philip Lowell (CS), President of the party
  • New Lothianer People's Party: Jon Gorekiss (NL), Founder and Secretary of the party, 2003-present
  • Anti-Party: "Emperor" Brian Feene (EV), President of the party
  • Ron Ditch (CS), public employee
  • Fulgêncio Gonçalves Skrippner (LG), musical producer and founder of the Committee for the Freedom of Naming
  • Clíodhna Ní Dubhshláine (NK), Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Kerry for Treetoor
    • Successfully applied to have votes written as (Clíodhna) Delaney count.

Results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Maksimilianus Ureska Social Cooperation 6,677,434 33.7% Incumbent
Alejandra Ríos Soriano Liberal Democratic 4,777,238 24.11% Served as President, 1999-2004
Damian Feynman Libertarian 4,537,485 22.9%
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 1,902,177 9.6%
Matías Șandler Movement for Action 812,388 4.1%
Jordan Heath British Interests 178,329 0.9% Shown in Cape Sundervale and New Kerry, write-in candidate everywhere else
Marius Kurtl Christian Democrat 145,635 0.73% Shown in Takalim, write-in candidate everywhere else
Clíodhna Ní Dubhshláine 131,171 0.662% Shown in Evalria, Lág and New Kerry, write-in candidate everywhere else
Fulgêncio Gonçalves Skrippner 91,542 0.462% Shown in Evalria and Lág, write-in candidate everywhere else
Grigor Komanș Șin Seri 59,443 0.3% Write-in candidate in Cape Sundervale, Cartier Island and New Kerry, shown everywhere else
Jon Gorekiss New Lothianer 56,320 0.28% Shown in New Lothian, write-in candidate everywhere else
Sébastien Parry Cartierois 34,922 0.18% Shown in Cartier Island, write-in candidate everywhere else
George Kaufman Socialist Fight 29,722 0.15% Shown in Tigupoke, write-in candidate everywhere else
Esteban Velázquez Del Potro Alianza Sanrafaelita 24,530 0.12% Shown in San Rafael, write-in candidate everywhere else
Luis Logi Communist 17,832 0.09% Shown in Tigupoke, write-in candidate everywhere else
Ioséf Várșanin Farmer 15,059 0.076% Shown in New Lothian, write-in candidate everywhere else
Ron Ditch 13,870 0.07% Write-in candidate
Philip Lowell Humanist 9,907 0.05% Write-in candidate
"Emperor" Brian Feene Anti-Party 7,926 0.04% Write-in candidate
Other candidates 75,689 0.37% Including "Myself", Mario, Donald Duck and other perennial or non-serious candidates
Spoilt/blank votes 219,090 1.11%
Total votes 19,817,709 100%

Per canton[edit]

Cape Sundervale[edit]

In Cape Sundervale, BIP candidate Jordan Heath won the majority of votes for the second time in a row, confirming the BIP hold. There were 134,041 registered voters, 91% of which voted, setting the record for the highest turnout in this election.

Cape Sundervale is the only canton where neither the Social Cooperation Party nor the Liberal Democrats contested, instead backing Cassandra Newell and Jordan Heath respectively.

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Jordan Heath British Interests 72,698 59.6% Backed by the Liberal Democrats
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 34,629 28.39% Backed by the Social Cooperation Party
Ron Ditch 9,849 8.1% Write-in candidate
Philip Lowell Humanist 3,920 3.2% Write-in candidate
Damian Feynman Libertarian 121 0.1%
Other candidates 238 0.19%
Spoilt/blank votes 522 0.42%
Total votes 121,977 100%

Cartier Island[edit]

Alejandra Ríos Soriano received the most votes in Cartier Island, with a 4.2% lead over Maksimilianus Ureska, while PNC candidate Sébastien Parry won 11.27% of the votes. There were 463,497 registered voters, 66.8% of which voted.

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Alejandra Ríos Soriano Liberal Democratic 110,223 35.6%
Maksimilianus Ureska Social Cooperation 97,219 31.4%
Sébastien Parry Cartierois 34,922 11.27%
Damian Feynman Libertarian 16,100 5.2%
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 15,109 4.88%
Clíodhna Ní Dubhshláine 11,146 3.6% Write-in candidate
Matías Șandler Movement for Action 7,740 2.5%
Jordan Heath British Interests 1,934 0.62%
Other candidates 11,239 3.63%
Spoilt/blank votes 4,025 1.3%
Total votes 309,667 100%

Chalmersville[edit]

Alejandra Ríos Soriano was the most voted candidate in Chalmersville, beating Maksimilianus Ureska with a 3.5% lead. There were 591,326 registered voters, and the turnout was 75.2%.

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Alejandra Ríos Soriano Liberal Democratic 206,330 46.4%
Maksimilianus Ureska Social Cooperation 191,656 43.1%
Damian Feynman Libertarian 30,682 6.9%
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 9,783 2.2%
Jordan Heath British Interests 599 0.13%
Other candidates 4,313 0.97%
Spoilt/blank votes 1,314 0.3%
Total votes 444,677 100%

Evalria[edit]

Despite receiving less than a third of the total votes, Maksimilianus Ureska was the most voted candidate in Evalria, with Damian Feynman finishing second. Along with Lág, Evalria is one of the two cantons where Alejandra Ríos Soriano did not finish within the first two positions. There were 1,319,993 registered voters, 76.8% of which went to vote.

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Maksimilianus Ureska Social Cooperation 319,671 31.5%
Damian Feynman Libertarian 298,360 29.4%
Alejandra Ríos Soriano Liberal Democratic 215,144 21.2%
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 150,195 14.8%
Clíodhna Ní Dubhshláine 17,325 1.71%
Philip Lowell Humanist 5,204 0.51% Write-in candidate
Fulgêncio Gonçalves Skrippner 3,206 0.32%
Other candidates 1,665 0.16%
Spoilt/blank votes 4,059 0.4%
Total votes 1,014,829 100%

Janval[edit]

Alejandra Ríos Soriano received the most votes in Janval, reaching a third of the total votes. Șin Seri candidate Grigor Komanș reached the highest consensus in Janval, with 34,181 votes. 2,191,106 voters were registered in Janval, and the turnout was 62.4%.

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Alejandra Ríos Soriano Liberal Democratic 456,661 33.4%
Maksimilianus Ureska Social Cooperation 426,582 31.2%
Matías Șandler Movement for Action 184,579 13.5%
Damian Feynman Libertarian 128,521 9.4%
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 49,221 3.6%
Marius Kurtl Christian Democrat 42,385 3.1% Write-in candidate
Grigor Komanș Șin Seri 34,181 2.5%
Other candidates 36,916 2.7%
Spoilt/blank votes 8,204 0.6%
Total votes 1,367,250 100%

Kalúen[edit]

Traditionally a swing canton, Kalúen had the Social Cooperationist candidate win in the canton for the second time in a row, reaffirming the notion that if a candidate wins in Kalúen, they will be elected President. The canton is also where Ní Dubhshláine received the most votes. There were 4,034,520 registered voters, and 3,336,548 of them went to the ballot boxes, constituting an 82.7% turnout, among the highest in the country.

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Maksimilianus Ureska Social Cooperation 1,257,879 37.7%
Alejandra Ríos Soriano Liberal Democratic 887,522 26.6%
Damian Feynman Libertarian 653,963 19.6%
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 213,539 6.4%
Clíodhna Ní Dubhshláine 73,404 2.2% Write-in candidate
Fulgêncio Gonçalves Skrippner 50,049 1.5% Write-in candidate
Matías Șandler Movement for Action 30,029 0.9%
Grigor Komanș Șin Seri 15,014 0.45%
George Kaufman Socialist Fight 13,346 0.4% Write-in candidate
Marius Kurtl Christian Democrat 11,678 0.35% Write-in candidate
Ioséf Várșanin Farmer 8,341 0.25% Write-in candidate
Other candidates 111,774 3.35%
Spoilt/blank votes 10,009 0.3%
Total votes 3,336,548 100%

Lág[edit]

The Ureska-Newell duo triumphed in Lág, with 60% of the votes; Alejandra Ríos Soriano, however, failed to reach the top two positions, receiving just over 10% of the votes. Several commentators have tried to come up with an explanation for such a poor performance: among the theories, the one most commonly brought forward is that the constituents did not forgive Ríos Soriano for approving the plans to expand the Evalria International Airport, thereby destroying a neighborhood.

2,788,429 registered voters showed up at the polling station, establishing a 79.5% turnout.

Candidate Party Votes % Notes
Maksimilianus Ureska Social Cooperation 900,663 32.3%
Cassandra Newell Kalșerians for Change 772,395 27.7%
Damian Feynman Libertarian 434,995 15.6%
Alejandra Ríos Soriano Liberal Democratic 284,420 10.2%
Matías Șandler Movement for Action 100,383 3.6%
Grigor Komanș Șin Seri 36,250 0.3%
Fulgêncio Gonçalves Skrippner 35,970 1.29%
Other candidates 197,978 7.1%
Spoilt/blank votes 25,375 0.91%
Total votes 2,788,429 100%

New Kerry[edit]

New Lothian[edit]

San Rafael[edit]

Tigupoke[edit]

Takalim[edit]

Urgel[edit]

Televised debates[edit]

The television channel RNU 1 organized six televised debates throughout the electoral campaign.

Candidate 2018-09-13
Hutchinson, JV
2018-11-16
Percy, KL
2019-01-19
Hartleyville, NL
2019-03-17
Lennoxton, TK
2019-05-15
Evalria
2019-07-04
Carnafarry, NK
Ureska Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Ríos Soriano Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Feynman Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Newell Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Șandler Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Heath Attended Invited Invited Invited Attended Attended
Ní Dubhshláine Not invited Not invited Not invited Not invited Attended Attended
Seris Not invited Invited Not invited Not invited Attended Attended
Skrippner Not invited Not invited Not invited Invited Attended Attended
Komanș Attended Not invited Attended Not invited Attended Not invited
Gorekiss Not invited Not invited Attended Not invited Invited Not invited

Opinion polling[edit]

Date Poll source Ureska
SCP
Ríos Soriano
LDP
Feynman
LP
Garner
LDP
Kunar
LDP
Newell
K4C
Șandler
M4A
Șáșnegi
SCP
Heath
BIP
Seris
WA
Komanș
ȘS
Others Undecided
9 September 2019 YouTrend 35% 22% 24% - - 12% 4% - - - - 3% -
1 September 2019 Absolut 34% 23% 22% - - 14% 5% - - - - 2% -
3 August 2019 KalStat 32% 26% 17% - - 12% 7% - - - - 3% 3%
7 July 2019 RNU 33% 24% 21% - - 13% 4% - - - - 1% 4%
2 June 2019 YouTrend 31% 26% 19% - - 10% 6% - - - - 1% 7%
5 May 2019 RNU 30% 25% 20% - - 9% 5% - - 1% 2% 3% 5%
10 April 2019 Absolut 35% 33% 18% - - 4% 3% - - - - 2% 5%
3 March 2019 KalStat 27% 23% 16% 8% 4% 3% 3% - - - - 11% 5%
19 Feb 2019 YouTrend 23% 21% 15% 8% 5% 4% 3% 1% 1% 1% 1% 9% 8%
6 Jan 2019 RNU 25% 24% 13% 7% 4% 2% - - 2% 1% - 12% 10%
30 Nov 2018 KalStat 22% 25% 11% 8% 6% 5% 3% 1% 2% 1% 1% 8% 7%
20 Sep 2018 Absolut 23% 23% 13% 9% 7% 4% 3% 3% 2% 1% 1% 7% 5%
21 July 2018 YouTrend 24% 23% 15% 7% 5% 3% 2% 2% 1% 1% - 6% 10%
9 May 2018 KalStat 23% 25% 13% 9% 6% 5% 4% 3% 2% 1% 1% 3% 5%
15 March 2018 Absolut 23% 23% 14% 11% 7% 4% 3% 1% 1% 1% 2% 5% 5%

Candidates on the ballot[edit]

Candidates marked with √ had their names printed on the ballot paper as rankable choices.

Candidate Cape Sundervale Cartier Island Chalmersville Evalria Janval Kalúen Lág New Kerry New Lothian San Rafael Takalim Tigupoke Urgel
Ureska
Ríos Soriano
Feynman
Newell
Șandler
Heath
Kurtl
Ní Dubhshláine
Skrippner
Komanș
Gorekiss
Parry
Kaufman
Velázquez
Logi
Várșanin

Reactions[edit]

  • Social Cooperation Party:
    • Maksimilianus Ureska: upon hearing the news of his re-election, he phoned Ríos Soriano and Feynman to "thank [them] for the very worthy competition".
    • Aleksandrus Șáșnegi and the rest of the Party congratulated Maksimilianus Ureska for the victory.
    • Aleksandra Haus stated her satisfaction for Ureska's victory, while warning him not to abandon his social policies.
    • Al Backer told journalists that "[Ureska] was going to win, no doubt about that."
  • Liberal Democratic Party:
    • Alejandra Ríos Soriano said that the Party is "still the second force in the country", and admonished the Party about the dangers of "identity crisis, which could lead to catastrophe".
    • Élena Kunar replied to Ríos Soriano's remarks and conceded that "identity crisis is a real threat within the Party"; she then went on to say that "[they] have to keep our role of sensible opposition."
  • Libertarian Party: Damian Feynman wrote on Twitter that "[he] may not have reached the Palace, but this is just the beginning for the #GoldenWave" (#HennúOna).
  • Kalșerians for Change: Cassandra Newell congratulated Ureska for the victory, and told him that her party is willing to work together with the SCP in regards to climate change and social policies.
  • Movement for Action: Matías Șandler held an interview, saying that "this was a disappointment", referring to earlier posts proclaiming that the "Right [would] reach higher consensus than ever". He then declared that the disappointing result would not deter him from his usual political activity.
  • Clíodhna Ní Dubhshláine expressed her excitement to appear among the ten most voted candidates, commenting that her presidential campaign had "gone further than [she] could ever have imagined". She then replied to Komanș's "string-plucking doofus" with "Fancy hearing a sad song on the world's smallest harp, Grigor?"
  • Fulgêncio Gonçalves Skrippner expressed bitterness over his failure to reach 1% of the votes, but also stated his acceptance of the results and his willingness to go on with his political activism.
  • British Interests Party: Jordan Heath wrote on Twitter "This election, like in the past, proves a point: I'm not here to reach the Palace, I'm here to express the concerns of Cape Sundervale. Don't let us down, Max!"
  • Șin Seri: Grigor Komanș wrote a post on Facebook, expressing his outrage about people's willingness to vote for "a bunch of [...] Communists", "a string-plucking doofus" and "someone who probably shouldn't even be running" rather than an "honest candidate", concluding with "[n]o wonder Kalșeri is going to s**t". His post was consequently stormed with negative feedback from political opponents, forcing him to disable comments. The following day, Komanș wrote another post, stating solidarity towards Matías Șandler and describing him as "the only big-party leader in Kalșeri with a functioning brain".
  • New Lothianer People's Party: Jon Gorekiss commented that the Party had to put up a bigger fight than usual, but still made it clear that New Lothian still trusts the Party.