Elections

Illustration of elected official standing with local government service providers (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Local government: Mayors, police, school boards get the job done

Americans interact most with local governments, which provide services from public safety to school standards. This is part of a series on U.S. federalism.
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Political polling 101

Political polls provide a snapshot of how the electorate might vote at a particular moment in time. Learn the basics of polling.
Sign directing voters to caucus site near rural home with lighted windows at evening (© Dave Weaver/AP Images)

Why Iowa? Understanding presidential primaries.

Voters in states across the U.S. choose their candidate for presidential nominee in several different ways. Learn about U.S. presidential primaries.
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Even Iran’s president admits Iranian election will be a sham

Iran's regime has barred thousands of candidates from upcoming parliamentary elections. One critic joining the outcry is especially surprising.
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Leaders condemn Maduro’s attack on democracy [photo gallery]

After former President Maduro's failed attempts to prevent democracy in Venezuela, international leadership came out in droves to condemn his actions.
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Venezuela’s National Assembly re-elects Juan Guaidó as leader

Former President Nicolás Maduro tried to block an election in Venezuela's National Assembly, the country's one remaining democratic body.
Three men seated, raising hands to vote under Venezuela government seal (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Why Guaidó’s role in Venezuela’s National Assembly matters

When Venezuela's National Assembly recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president, it was asserting the rule of law over Nicolás Maduro's corruption.
Woman waving a Venezuelan flag in the center of a group of people (© Leonardo Fernandez/ AP Images)

Maduro election tactics: Threaten, exile, detain, bribe

As the former regime continues to extort, imprison and physically threaten members of Venezuela's National Assembly, the country's democracy disintegrates.
Nicolás Maduro surrounded by military personnel (© Marcelo Garcia/Miraflores Presidential Press Office/AP Images)

Maduro’s constitutional crimes

Nicolás Maduro ignored the rule of law and violated the Venezuelan Constitution in fraudulent attempts to hold onto power.