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A Guide to 2018 Latin American Elections



In 2018, the three biggest countries in Latin America—Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico—will elect new presidents. But those aren’t the only ones where voters head to the ballot box in a year that could see sweeping political changes across the region. Here’s who’s voting and when:

  • Brazil: October 7 presidential and legislative elections, October 28 runoff
  • Colombia: March 11 legislative elections, May 27 presidential; June 17 runoff
  • Costa Rica: February 4 presidential and legislative elections; April 1 runoff
  • Cuba: April 19 presidential transition of power
  • El Salvador: March 4 legislative elections
  • Mexico: July 1 presidential and legislative elections
  • Paraguay: April 22 presidential and legislative elections
  • United States: November 6 legislative elections
  • Venezuela: April 22 presidential election

AS/COA is tracking the votes through articles, poll updates, podcasts, and programs. Check back regularly for new updates.

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Poll Tracker: Mexico's 2018 Presidential Election

February 13, 2018

We monitor the findings of some of Mexico's main pollsters to see how candidates are faring ahead of the July 1 vote.

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A Timeline of 2017 and 2018 Elections in Latin America

November 16, 2017

Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.

Poll Update: An Early Look at Mexico's 2018 Presidential Race

Poll Update: An Early Look at Mexico's 2018 Presidential Race

February 01, 2018

We’ve got some time until the July 1 election, but the race is heating up for the next occupant of Los Pinos.

A voter in Chihuahua, Mexico. (AP)

LatAm in Focus: From Elections to Trade, Latin America's Big 2018 Stories

January 11, 2018

If 2017 was the year that changed Washington, 2018 will redefine Latin America. AS/COA experts explain how in our first podcast of the year.

Meade and Peña. (AP)

Mexico Update: The 2018 Presidential Race Comes into Focus

November 30, 2017

On November 27, José Antonio Meade threw his hat into the ring. Can he beat Andrés Manuel López Obrador—and a whole host of other contenders?

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LatAm in Focus: Mexico's Big Year Ahead

October 12, 2017

Victor Herrera, former Mexico City office head for S&P’s Global Ratings, spells out what’s in store for Mexico—from elections to NAFTA talks.