And now, the election you’ve all been waiting for. From protests to a new Constitution, Chile has gone through a tumultuous few years. Sunday’s first-round presidential vote could carry the country even further down a path of change.
As AS/COA’s poll tracker shows, the race is coming down to former student leader Gabriel Boric and right-winger José Antonio Kast, with Senate President Yasna Provoste and ex-Minister Sebastián Sichel lagging behind. The frontrunners have shifted since August, and AS/COA’s Holly K. Sonneland digs into how top voter concerns are shaping the race.
Not the only game in town. Venezuela holds state and local elections Sunday, and there’s little hope they’ll be free and fair. In a Q&A, AS/COA’s Venezuela Working Group head Guillermo Zubillaga explains the opposition’s decision to participate anyway, the role of EU electoral observers, and why Venezuelans “just want to vote.”
With a number of votes taking place in Latin America this November, check out AS/COA’s 2021 Election Guide.
Among the elections is Honduras’ presidential contest on November 28. Chasqui will be on break next week, but in the meantime, we invite you to check out our poll tracker covering that competition.