7 Interesting Facts about World Elections

By Toby Tunwase

The world is a very interesting place. The international political world is even more interesting especially when it comes to the elections. There are several things we bet you didn’t know about the way elections are conducted in several countries. Here are a few that stand out:

1. The USA allows each individual state to decide when and how its citizens register for voting. More often than not, this causes major confusion. To our knowledge, only 13 states allow voter’s registration on the day of the election.

2. On a plot twist, Canada has no deadline for voter registration. This means that as a Canadian, you can go to polls, register, vote, and leave. Simple, right?

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3. France automatically registers its citizens for voting once they turn 18. But Sweden waits till you turn in your tax registration rolls before allowing your registration.

4. As an option, one can choose not to vote for any candidate in countries like India, Greece, Ukraine, and Colombia? Their election ballots have a “None of the Above” option.

5. Elections are only held on Tuesdays in the US. Unlike Brazil, Greece, and Australia where elections hold in the weekend to encourage voter’s turnout.

6. In Haiti, the dictator Papa Doc, commanded that he be voted as the “President for Life” in 1964. He got 99.9% of all the votes cast.

7. In a non-presidential fact, citizens of Liechtenstein vote on things such as whether or not a person can become a citizen. Being one of the smallest countries in the world, it might not be really hard to have elections every now and then.