In 2018, the three biggest countries in Latin America—Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico—elected new presidents. But those weren't the only ones where voters went to the ballot box in a year that saw sweeping political change across the region.
Explore our individual guides via links below:
- BRAZIL: October 7 presidential and legislative elections, October 28 runoff
- CHILE: Elections took place in 2017 with the new president taking office March 7, 2018
- 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: May 20 presidential election
AS/COA tracked the votes through articles, poll updates, podcasts, and programs.
Incoming President Iván Duque’s team features a mix of veterans and relative newcomers.
During Colombia’s June 17 presidential runoff, voters in Bogotá tell us about their choices and expectations for the next four years.
Colombia's next president "stands in a really good position to heal the polarization that marked the campaign," says La Rotta, head of AS/COA's media relations and an El Tiempo columnist.
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Boosting growth, improving infrastructure, and increasing productivity: at AS/COA's Bogotá conference, participants discussed what lies ahead for Colombia's next president.
Iván Duque leads Gustavo Petro by up to 20 points in four polls ahead of the June 17 runoff.
A dam, turnout, and Venezuela could all play a hand in the May 27 presidential first-round vote.
Experts weighed in on the candidates and what these elections will mean for Colombia's political scene in the future.
How significant is the under-35 electorate in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico?
Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.
The country has presidential candidates across the spectrum, say columnists Álvaro Forero Tascón and Adriana La Rotta. And that’s a sign of just how far the post-conflict democracy has come.
Recent legislative elections gave much-needed definition to a crowded field ahead of the May 27 first-round vote.
The March 11 vote—the first in the FARC post-conflict era—will have significant implications for the May presidential vote.
Without conflict to bring them together, Colombians are confronting their differences, and engaging in the messy business of democracy.
With more than two dozen potential candidates, Colombia’s 2018 race is up for grabs. Is there room for surprise among so many familiar faces?