What the US Can Learn From Bolivia About Contested Elections

When Evo Morales fled to Mexico, the country descended into conflict and uncertainty.
May 28, 2021, 4:36pm
Miners take part in celebration festivities after a final official vote count released yesterday declared Luis Arce the winner of the presidential election, in El Alto, Bolivia, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (
Miners take part in celebration festivities after a final official vote count released yesterday declared Luis Arce the winner of the presidential election, in El Alto, Bolivia, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

As the U.S. waits for the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, we turn to a surprising international comparison. Last year, a contested election in Bolivia led to President Evo Morales fleeing to Mexico, and pitched Bolivia into conflict and uncertainty. We tell the story of what Bolivians lived through a year ago, and why it might help us understand what’s happening right now in the U.S.

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