Election FAQs:

Q: Is an election a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office?

A: Yes.

Q: Are elections called?

A: Yes, and politicians and their supporters attempt to influence policy by competing directly for the votes of constituents in what are called campaigns.

Q: Were elections quite common in contemporary societies of the region?

A: Yes.

Q: Were elections used as early in history as ancient Greece and ancient Rome?

A: Yes, and throughout the Medieval period to select rulers such as the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope.

Q: Were elections considered an oligarchic institution and most political offices were filled using sortition?

A: Yes, and also known as allotment, by which officeholders were chosen by lot.

Q: Are elections held at fixed regular intervals?

A: Yes.

Q: Are elections held between every three and fourteen years in most states, with exceptions such as the U.S?

A: Yes, House of Representatives, which stands for election every two years.