15 Representative Facts About Elections Around the World

1ISS voting

American astronauts on the ISS can vote in elections from orbit by secure email.

21893 New Zealand election

Women in New Zealand gained the right to vote in 1893, the first independent country to do so in modern times.

3Jon Gnarr

In 2010, a satirical political party in Reykjavik, Iceland, openly stated that they would keep none of their campaign promises. They won 34.7% of the city vote, with their founder, Jon Gnarr, a comedian becoming mayor.

4Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the last king of Bhutan was so popular that his people protested when he revealed plans for democracy in 2011.

5Mexican senators

Senators in Mexico cannot immediately run for re-election and thus, the Senate is completely renewed every 6 years.

6Australia voting

In Australia, voting is compulsory and citizens over 18 years of age are fined if they do not vote.

7Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein used Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" as his campaign song in the 2002 election.

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8New York Times

In 1996, the New York Times had the name of the winner in the elections as a clue and it worked regardless of the candidate.

9Charles D. B. King

In 1927, Charles D. B. King won the presidential election in Liberia when he got 234,000 votes against the opponents 9,000. There were 15,000 registered voters in Liberia at the time.

10Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses don't vote in any country, ever.


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