How secure is your vote?
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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.
There are several different ways to approach democracy. Polls, elections and referenda all feature, but they're not the only way to deepen democracy.
Mistakes happen: a polling station in Cali, Colombia.
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A look through the ballot papers shows the declared result in Colombia's crucial vote is far from definitive.
Russia is pressing its national interests online.
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The FBI is warning of Russian cyberattackers probing American election systems. Information warfare scholars discuss Russia's digital efforts to benefit its national interests.
Showing your voting support with a button can be more powerful on Facebook.
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.
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.
Many, and varied, inputs make better predictions.
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It's not a good idea to simply rely on methods that have provided accurate predictions in the past.
With two votes failing to produce a government, caretaker PM Mariano Rajoy is running out of options.
Is the ANC now just another box on the ballot?
While South Africa voted to chasten the ANC, Zambians endured an election campaign filled with abuse and claims to Godliness.
South African President Jacob Zuma reacts during the official announcement of the municipal election results in Pretoria.
Various commentators have wrongly over the last 22 years said that black people voted blindly for ANC governments. There's no better example why the academy needs a dramatic post-colonial overhaul.
South Africa's struggling economy may have played a big role in determining the outcome of the 2016 local government elections, but the future direction of economic policy remains uncertain.
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Has the US's apparently invincible populist demagogue finally hit an iceberg?
Former Treasurer Wayne Swan first introduced the idea of a post-election costing of policies.
The 2016 post-election report from the Parliamentary Budget Office lacks context and comes too late to inform voters.
Is everything on the up-and-up here?
With the DNC email leak and Trump calling on Russia to hack Clinton's emails, concern about foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election process is rising. Is e-voting the next cyber battleground?
The Republicans' nominee has opened up a huge lead over Hillary Clinton among white voters – but that may not mean much in the end.
Your vote is not insignificant in the bigger scheme of things. It matters.
Not voting can have serious consequences regarding the kind of society we end up living in. Disengagement can mean a lowering of quality of life.
Supporters of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters hold a mock coffin of the governing ANC during an election rally in 2014.
Unscrupulous politicians are adept at using regressive story lines that feed insecurities. That could be dangerous ahead of South Africa's hotly-contested municipal elections.
By hand: voters use paper and pencil to cast their ballots in the 2016 Australian federal election.
There's something about seeing the ballot process take place – the vote, the count – that inspires confidence. That wouldn't be the same with any electronic voting system.
Malcolm Turnbull in full flight.
The Australian prime minister has dissolved both houses of parliament in an effort to take firm control of the government. Can he do it?
Supporters angered by the ANC’s choice of a mayoral candidate went on the rampage in Tshwane, South Africa, .
The increase in rioting ahead of municipal elections in South Africa, such as that in Pretoria, suggests that the country's general election in 2019 could be more violent than previous elections.