Free and fair elections are a foundational component of political freedom.
There is more to democracy than free and fair elections, but there can be no democracy without them. Constant vigilance is required to protect this foundational component of political freedom from the threats arrayed against it, which range from old-fashioned fraud on election day to media manipulation and regulatory obstacles during the campaign period. Freedom House works with local groups to promote voter participation, particularly by youth, and to monitor elections.
Digital Election Interference
Shaping the flow of information on the internet is now an essential strategy of those seeking to disrupt the democratic transfer of power through elections. Major authoritarian powers like Russia and China have been implicated in cyberattacks and information warfare linked to elections in democratic states. To learn more, read the Freedom on the Net 2019 essay on Digital Election Interference.
Kyrgyzstan's 2016 Constitutional Referendum
Six Countries to Watch in 2020
April 9, 2020
United States: Wisconsin Primary Underscores Need for Urgent Action to Protect National Elections in November
April 7, 2020
Malawi: Authorities Launch Political Purges, Attacks on Rights Activists, Ahead of Planned Election Rerun
March 20, 2020
Statement from the Ethiopia Working Group
February 6, 2020
Malawi: Government Must Respect Rights and Rule of Law Ahead of Constitutional Court Decision
January 29, 2020