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    Charged for Insulting Government Authority? Venezuela Supreme Court Crosses the Line

    In the U.S., courts often rule on the outcome of close elections and act as a mediation tool for candidates to ensure that the results are legitimate. In the end, the worst thing that happens is that one person is declared the electoral loser. Hopes and dreams may be dashed, … More

    Mali Needs More Than Imperfect Elections

    The first round of elections held over the weekend in Mali were hastily declared free and fair by the French and the international community quickly followed suit. Thankfully, they were also largely peaceful. However, substantial electoral irregularities could undermine future stability and raise questions about the legitimacy of the new … More

    Postpone Elections in Mali

    Mali, which is in the midst of an internal conflict, is set to have a presidential election on July 28. However, numerous obstacles should lead officials to consider moving the election to the fall. Many of the problems are logistical. The distribution of voter identification cards to eligible voters only … More

    Iran’s Election: Little Hope for Change

    Iran’s theocratic dictatorship has gone to great lengths to shore up its crumbling domestic legitimacy with a facade of democratic process. But today’s presidential election will be a tightly controlled exercise in political choreography that offers little real choice for the long-suffering Iranian people and even less hope for meaningful … More

    Iran Clamps Down on Dissidents Before Election

    In anticipation of Friday’s presidential election, Iran’s leadership has harshly cracked down on journalists, dissidents, and cyber activists, as well as members of their families. The regime is leaving nothing to chance, determined to avoid a replay of the surprise demonstrations that followed the 2009 presidential election and led to … More

    House Bill Ends the $3 Public Election Tax Check-Off, Spends “Savings”

    H.R. 1724, the Kids First Research Act of 2013, sponsored by Representative Gregg Harper (R–MS), would end the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF). That’s the good news. But then the bill would authorize spending existing PECF funds on a new 10-year pediatric research initiative via the National Institutes of Health … More

    Venezuela Presidential Election: Continuing the Chavez Decline

    Voters go to the polls on Sunday, April 14, to elect Venezuela’s next president. Snap elections followed the March 5 death of the authoritarian populist Hugo Chavez. It appears likely that voters will choose Nicolas Maduro, interim president, and Chavez’s handpicked successor, over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. A dying Chavez … More

    Could Hurricane Sandy Affect the 2012 Election?

    The unusual question was asked to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Would the President have the power to adjust Election Day?” Within hours, online forums and TV pundits began citing precedent for postponing elections, most notably the New York City mayoral election just after 9/11—a municipal election that, legally, … More

    Senate Republicans Have Spoken: No Votes on Judges Until After the Election

    On Monday night, Senate Democrats failed to reach 60 votes to cut off debate on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In a 56–34 vote, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) was successful in holding a majority of Republicans together … More

    Senate Opposition May Block Judicial Nominees Close to Presidential Election

    On July 30, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. But under a more than 30-year-old Senate procedure known as the Thurmond/Leahy Rule, during a presidential election year, the opposition party may block the … More