The year 2024 has been dubbed a “super election year” (Statista), “the biggest election year in history” (The Economist) and “one of the most consequential election years” (MIT Technology Review). Our own such exercise in democracy is on the cards, and the US is gearing up for what looks to be a bitter contest. The UK is expected to announce a 2024 date, in addition to hugely populous nations such as Indonesia, Mexico and India.

Depending on the source you’re using and how they choose to count elections — is a single-day vote to elect two branches of government one election or two? — about 2-billion voters will be making their X’s in about 60-70 elections this year. These national and regional polls will directly determine the immediate political future of more than 4-billion people. That’s about half the global population...

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