2018 Is the Year the World Votes
The planet’s going to make its mark. Five of the world’s 10 most populous countries — that’s over 800 million people — will head to the polls for national elections in 2018. And more people than ever before in human history, a third of the world’s population, will vote for their leaders between March, when Russia is widely expected to re-elect Vladimir Putin, and polls 12 months later in India and Indonesia. Populist politicians tested representative government in 2016 and 2017, but the next 15 months could be democracy’s final exam.