Elections

Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush laughing (© Mark Cardwell/Reuters)

The spirited history of presidential debates

Technology has changed U.S. presidential debates since the days of Abraham Lincoln, but debates still give voters important information about candidates.
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon shaking hands (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

Presidential debate milestones [infographic]

From the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 to present day contests, presidential debates have given voters valuable information about candidates.
Torn and faded Nicolás Maduro campaign poster covering shack's door (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

Countries worldwide call for democracy in Venezuela

A joint agreement among 33 nations calls for free and fair elections in Venezuela as soon as possible in a process driven by Venezuelans.
Man looking at one of many sheets of paper attached to mural (© Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

Maduro’s election plan: No participation, no choice

Maduro's call for Venezuelans to participate and choose in a snap National Assembly election raises questions about whether the vote will be free or fair.
Image of helmeted woman holding staff with flag as cape (State Dept.)video

A huge step forward for women voters turns 100 [video]

The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. Learn how this was the first step to ensuring all women could vote in the U.S.
Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr, sitting across from each other (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Voting Rights Act at 55

Prior to 1965, African Americans in the South were often blocked from voting. But an important law remedied that, and altered the U.S. political landscape.
Lyndon Johnson seated at desk signing document while surrounded by people (© AP Images)video

U.S. celebrates the Voting Rights Act [video]

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 enforces the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of the right to vote. Learn about the history and importance of this law.
Nicolas Maduro gesturing (© AP Images)video

Maduro’s Supreme Court supports fraudulent elections [video]

Maduro continues to obstruct democracy inside Venezuela. Learn how this starts with Maduro's Supreme Court and ends with election fraud.
Two U.S. maps, one with states sized according to their electoral votes (State Dept./J. Maruszewski; Images: © Shutterstock)

Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic]

America’s Electoral College system is difficult to explain, but it has successfully enabled the election of presidents since the country’s founding.