Elections

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.
Boy picking up grains of corn from the street (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

In Venezuela, Maduro regime used hunger to get votes

In the midst of a devastating hunger crisis, the regime of Nicolás Maduro turned government food assistance into a tool to get political support.
Juan Guaidó and supporters speaking to crowd (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

U.S. recognizes Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president

The United States has formally recognized the president of Venezuela's National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as the interim president of Venezuela.
Cartoon drawing of man in tiger suit riding a donkey (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.
Military personnel standing behind ballot box (© Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS/Getty Images)

U.S., EU condemn Russia-staged elections in eastern Ukraine

In violation of the Minsk agreements, Russia orchestrated illegal elections in regions of eastern Ukraine it continues to hold by force.
Man with hand over heart (© Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. welcomes ‘a new day’ in Colombia

The United States looks forward to working with the newly elected president of Colombia, Iván Duque, to combat narcotics trafficking and transnational crime.
Map with regions of Africa highlighted (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

The growing power of young people [infographic]

While effects can vary, the growing majorities of young people in Africa and elsewhere will undoubtedly have a strong impact on their societies.
People gathered around newspaper pages on ground (© Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images)

For the press, elections are a test of accountability

A journalist's role in covering elections is to give you unbiased information; doing anything else is failing in their role as a watchdog.
Graphic showing three dictators (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Some election wins aren’t what they seem

When an election winner takes 95 or 100 percent of the vote, it's less likely he's incredibly popular and more likely that the election was not free and fair.