Voters and Elections in Latin America: How Much Choice is Too Much?
Citizens in a democracy often call for more choice during elections. Open-list voting allows citizens to vote for an individual candidate rather than just a political party. Using a particularly radical form of open voting, citizens in Ecuador, El Salvador, and Honduras now face the nearly impossible task of voting for up to 24 different candidates for congress.
Join us for a discussion with a panel of experts sharing surprising new research and experience from the field about the advantages and limits of open electoral systems. Networking reception to follow.
Organizer: Kellogg Faculty Fellow Thomas Mustillo
Carlos Scartascini, Research Economist, Inter-American Development Bank
José Antonio Cheibub, Mary Thomas Marshall Professor in Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
Ricardo Córdova, Executive Director, Foundation Dr. Guillermo Manuel Ungo, El Salvador
Gerardo de Icaza, Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, Organization of American States
Georg Lutz, Associate Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and Director of FORS
Thomas Mustillo, Associate Professor of Global Affairs, Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow
Monika Nalepa, Associate Professor of Political Science, The University of Chicago
John Polga-Hecimovich, Assistant Professor of Political Science, United States Naval Academy
Jim Swigert, Senior Associate and Regional Director of Latin American and Caribbean Programs, National Democratic Institute
5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
Networking reception to follow.
This event is presented by the Keough School of Global Affairs with cosponsorship by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the University of Chicago Center for International Social Science Research.