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What if this was our choice on Election Day? AP Photos/Gary Landers and Paul Sancya

How majority voting betrayed voters again in 2016

In this year's election, the system of majority voting didn't allow voters to express their opinions adequately. If they had, the choice would have been between Kasich and Sanders.
A campaign poster of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in the streets of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu during the 2012 election period. Reuters/Feisal Omar

The challenges of holding an election in Somalia

Despite complications and challenges, elections in Somalia promise to be a game changer.
Quite the surprise! EPA/Andreas Arnold

Expert reaction: how Trump’s big night unfolded across the US

From coast to coast, the 2016 election has torn up the usual order.
All indications are that voting was not subject to a cyberattack. Ballot box via shutterstock.com

This election was not hacked – but it was attacked

Though there is no indication hackers affected the outcome of the election, we still must act to improve the cybersecurity of American elections.
How secure is your vote? Hands with votes illustration via shutterstock.com

Securing the voting process: Four essential reads

While voter fraud - despite recent allegations - is rare, how do we ensure the ballots we cast are counted accurately? If so, how? Our experts offer background and insight.
Polls and elections are considered vital democratic tools – but there’s more to true democracy. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Genuine democracy involves more than just polling people

There are several different ways to approach democracy. Polls, elections and referenda all feature, but they're not the only way to deepen democracy.
Showing your voting support with a button can be more powerful on Facebook. Shutterstock/dfoto

Can Facebook influence an election result?

Facebook has already proved it can increase the number of people who vote in elections. But what if it tries to influence how they vote?
Seeking a peaceful handover of power between parties and political opponents. Jim Young/Reuters

Election legitimacy at risk, even without a November cyberattack

It's true that sophisticated hackers may be able to tilt the presidential election. But the more likely threat to democracy comes from sore losers who sow doubt about voting integrity.

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