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Protecting elections in the face of natural hazards

View of flooded New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Natural hazards not only present a huge humanitarian threat but also unparalleled challenges to electoral stakeholders seeking to protect electoral integrity during emergencies. Events like floods, hurricanes, heatwaves, and wildfires can trigger the postponement of elections, affect campaigns, and impact electoral operations and the choices that voters make.

Between January 2019 and May 2024, more than 20 countries were affected by natural hazards during subnational or national elections. In the Asia-Pacific in 2024 alone, India, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives and Tuvalu have all been struck by acute weather events during national elections.

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About the authors

Erik Asplund
Senior Programme Officer, Elections and Crisis
Maddie Harty
Maddie Harty
Independent consultant
Sarah Birch
Professor of Political Science and Director of Research
Ferran Martinez i Coma
Senior Lecturer
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