Molte nazioni con [[sistema parlamentare|sistemi parlamentari]] e presidenze deboli che detengono principalmente funzioni cerimoniali, eleggono i loro Presidenti indirettamente (come [[Italia]], [[Germania]], [[Repubblica Ceca]], [[Estonia]], [[Lettonia]], [[Ungheria]]).
In a [[Westminster system]], the leader of the majority party in the parliament almost always becomes the [[prime minister]]. Therefore, it could be said that the prime minister is elected indirectly.
Indirect political elections have been used for lesser national offices, as well. In the United States, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] was elected by the legislatures of the states until 1913, when the [[Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution|Seventeenth Amendment]] instituted direct elections for those office-holders. In [[France]], election to the upper house of Parliament, the [[French Senate|Sénat]], is indirect, with the electors (called "grands électeurs") being local elected representatives.
The [[Electoral College]] of the [[United States of America]] is a form of indirect election. However, electors rarely change their actual vote from their pledged vote. Electors who change their pledge vote are referred to as [[faithless elector|faithless electors]]. As of the [[United States elections, 2008|2008 election]], such changes have never made a difference in an election.