Sham Election Law and Legal Definition

Sham elections refer to elections that are held without any purpose or significance purely for show. Sham elections are a common event in dictatorial regimes that still feel the need to establish some element of public legitimacy. Ballots in a show election may contain only one "yes" option. Where there are "yes or no" questions, people who pick "no" are often prosecuted, thus making the "yes" choice the only option. This type of election is mainly conducted for a predetermined conclusion. Sham elections are also known as show elections.