Voters and Elections in Latin America: How Much Choice is Too Much?

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., August 29, 2019

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.

This event is presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and its Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the University of Chicago Center for International Social Science Research.


Carlos Scartascini

Research Economist, Inter-American Development Bank

Monika Nalepa

Associate Professor of Political Science, The University of Chicago

José Antonio Cheibub

Mary Thomas Marshall Professor in Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University

Ricardo Córdova

Executive Director, FUNDAUNGO, 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

Thomas Mustillo

Associate Professor of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

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