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Kremlin plans sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine

Moscow is rolling out a version of the same playbook it used in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea and later held staged elections.
Hand with marked thumbnail indicating vote cast, with blurred people in background (© Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Images)

Zambian youth set a new course for their country [infographic]

Young people in Zambia are staying engaged after the latest election. Find out how Zambia's next generation is contributing to society.
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U.S. mayors come from all walks of life

In many American cities, being a mayor is a part-time job. Learn about some of the interesting full-time jobs they have — and why.
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In the U.S., democracy begins in the classroom

American students are participating in the democratic process, from choosing classroom leaders to creating change in their communities.
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Local elections give individuals a voice in democracy [infographic]

Learn about the types of local positions Americans vote on every few years to select the people who will lead their communities.
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Nicaragua’s elections: Neither free nor fair

On November 7, the Ortega regime used coercion, scare tactics and cronyism to declare itself the winner of sham elections.
A man pushing his mother, who is holding ballot, in wheelchair at polling station during elections (© Nabil al-Jurani/AP Images)

Summit for Democracy: Galvanizing hope and action

President Biden will host the Summit for Democracy, a virtual event with governments, civil society and private sector groups, December 9–10.
People waiting in line to vote and practicing social distancing (© Pyae Sone Win/AP Images)

Pursuing a path to democracy in Burma

A year after democratic elections in Burma, the U.S. is urging the country's military to end the violence and release the unjustly detained.
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What are ‘off-year’ elections and why do they matter in 2021?

Some U.S. voters will go to the polls this November. Find out where and what kind of races and questions are the on ballots.