Behind the Ballot
Bulgaria holds its ground

Bulgaria holds its ground

Although they were scheduled for 2018, parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria on 26 March 2017. It was the third election in four years, prompted after Boyko Borisov, leader of the centre-right GERB, resigned as premier following the surprise victory of Rumen Radev of the Socialist Party as president. Although the president is a mostly...
Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

Turkey May Vote to Undermine its Own Democracy

On 16 April, Turkish voters will decide whether they want to significantly expand the powers of the president, among other constitutional changes. The referendum will turn Turkey into a presidential republic, allowing the president to issue decrees, dismiss parliament, and appoint judges and ministers. The office of the prime minister would be abolished, and executive...
India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

India’s biggest state, and its 220 million residents, go to vote

Between February and March, voters in five states (Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa) in India will cast their ballots in an election that has serious national implications. Headlining the five states is Uttar Pradesh (UP), which is home to approximately 220 million Indians, which alone would make it the world’s fifth most populated...
Swiss Vote

Swiss Vote

There are a wide variety of democracies in the world. Most people live under a Parliamentary system, a Presidential system, or a combination of both. Many democracies engage in direct democracy, where policy decisions are subject to a popular vote. Nowhere is the practice more prevalent than in Switzerland, where a dozen referendums in a...
The Election That Has Nothing To Do With Donald Or Hillary

The Election That Has Nothing To Do With Donald Or Hillary

The US Presidential election cycle is long: the current cycle began on 23 March 2015, when US Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy. The 18-month cycle saturates the media, first in the US and then around the world as the general election approaches. The world is tired of hearing about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,...
A Big Deal: Elections in Somalia

A Big Deal: Elections in Somalia

As the world waits with bated breath for the outcome of the United States Presidential election, democracy is at work in many parts around the globe. For the first time since 1969, Somalia will hold both Parliamentary and Presidential elections. It seems like a historic step forward for one of the world’s poorest countries with...
The Colombian Peace Referendum

The Colombian Peace Referendum

In the summer, a certain referendum was the talk of the world; media outlets worldwide extensively covered the United Kingdom’s (UK) historic vote on whether to leave the European Union. But another significant referendum took place on October 2, and barring Latin American media outlets, it had not received a shred of comparable coverage. Colombians...