Elections

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.
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How to prevent another failure of democracy in Venezuela

On May 20, 2018, Nicolás Maduro rigged Venezuela's presidential election and has remained in power ever since. Learn how the election was manipulated.
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3rd-party candidates play a role in U.S. elections

Find out how candidates who are not members of the two major U.S. political parties can still make their mark in American politics.
Woman holding an 'I Voted' sticker with translations in many languages (© Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. states and localities offer ballots in many languages

Read on to learn why ballots in American elections are offered in so many different languages and what some of those languages are.
Woman looking at her ballot while walking past colorful voting booths (© Robert F. Bukaty/AP Images)

Coronavirus changes election logistics … not democracy

The U.S. national election in November might be more challenging this year, but the U.S. democracy isn't going to let the new coronavirus change it.
Michael R. Pompeo speaking at lectern (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Restoring free and fair elections in Venezuela

The United States released a new framework for democracy in Venezuela with the possibility of lifting sanctions once progress toward full democracy is made.
Women wearing masks walking next to 'vote here' sign (© Paul Sancya/AP Images)

Swing states keep campaigns guessing

U.S. presidential candidates have to win states to become president. Some states' choices are obvious, but others, the swing states, could go either way.
'Vote Here' sign in several languages on a door (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

It was their ‘duty’ to vote on Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday voters and election workers in the state of Virginia weigh in on one of the foundations of American democracy: voting.
Two people putting paper ballots into ballot boxes (© Efrem Lukatsky/AP Images)

3 ways USAID promotes free, fair elections around the world

Learn how USAID helped lay the groundwork for transparent, peaceful and inclusive electoral processes in Ukraine, Mauritania and the Maldives.