Everyone knows that the United States has its next presidential election in 2020. This four-year cycle is continuous, making it a unique transfer of power that shows how effective democracy can be.
While everyone may be watching Biden versus Trump play out on the world stage, we must remember that several other elections are happening this fall that could shake up global leadership.
1. Moldovan Presidential Election
This Moldovan election faces the unique backdrop of having some rule-of-law problems in place that undermine the country’s economy. Before the coronavirus issue, the International Monetary Fund said that the government needed to retrieve stolen assets and stop money laundering. The incumbent maintains a lead in the polls leading up to the election.
2. New Zealand General Election
This election was put off because of a coronavirus surge, making it one of the most essential referendums worldwide this fall. Citizens in New Zealand are deciding on leadership, cannabis, and euthanasia in this cycle.
3. Palauan Presidential Election
Although Palau may be tiny, the 340 islands are in free association with the United States. Americans provide defense for the republic, funding, and social services access. Their leadership could create difficulties for American efforts to stabilize the South Pacific.
4. African Presidential Elections
Several countries on the African continent hold their presidential election during the final months of 2020. Four of them are in October, including the Ivorian, Tanzanian, Guinean, and Malawian contests. November has Egypt and the Seychellois presidential elections, while December sees the Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Chadian contents.
If the election cycle follows the same outcomes that we saw earlier in 2020, populism is still the emphasis found in many cultures. That means many incumbents may find themselves elected once again.
For American Democrats, that trend is something that they’ll want to stop. For Republicans, that information provides hope when polls have Trump down by 5-10 points.