Pompeo quote on Iran's crackdown on religious minorities, photo of woman lighting candles (© Ebrahim Norooz/AP Images)

Persecution of the faithful in Iran

The State Department shines a spotlight on the Iranian regime's deadly suppression of religious freedom among its citizens.
President Obama casting ballot on voting machine (AP Images)

Everything you need to know about the U.S. midterm elections

U.S. citizens are gearing up for the 2014 midterm elections — the nation-wide voting that takes place midway through the president's four-year term. Currently,...
Illustration of election officials counting large pile of ballots (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Results are in. Why count again?

Sometimes votes are counted a second time. That can happen automatically, if the first count is really close, or at a candidate’s request.
Capitol building behind Supreme Court (© Shutterstock)

What are midterm elections, and why are they important?

Although Americans won't elect a president in the 2018 midterm elections, their choices will have a big effect on the country's direction.
John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, standing (© AP Images)

‘Those who lose accept the verdict’

In the United States, defeated political candidates acknowledge election losses publicly, knowing that they have the chance to compete and win another day.
Blurred man walking past a row of voting booths (© AP Images)

Voter fraud? Not in the U.S. Here’s why.

Just how rare is voting fraud or election rigging? In the U.S., rigging an election is extremely unlikely. Find out how elections are kept transparent.
Donald Trump shaking hands with Reince Priebus behind a podium (© AP Images)

Meet Trump’s new top advisers

President-elect Trump has named Reince Priebus to be the White House's chief of staff and Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.
Illustration of several famous women in U.S. politics (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Women in politics: A timeline

Women have accomplished many political milestones in the history of the United States. See their photos and learn about what they've achieved.
Drawing of stick figures voting in booths (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Want to see how Americans will vote on Tuesday? [video]

On Tuesday, November 8, Americans will cast their votes for the next president. How can they be sure their votes are tallied correctly? Watch and learn.