In the first half of 2022 we’ve already seen a number of pivotal national elections. France’s centrist President Emmanuel Macron held off a challenge from the far right; Hungary’s far-right PM Viktor Orbán held off a challenge from the center; Colombia elected its first leftist head of state; and South Korean conservative Yoon Suk-yeo prevailed in a presidential race that bordered on reality TV mayhem.
But there’s more to come — in the next six months, 19 different countries plan to hold national legislative or executive elections. Some standouts include Brazil’s presidential throwdown in October, pitting embattled right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro against his poll-leading nemesis, the leftwing former president Lula da Silva. Around that time Israel will also head to its — checks notes — fifth election in the past four years, while in November US President Joe Biden will lead his Democrats into midterm elections in which his party could very well lose control of Congress.
Here’s a look at all the planned national-level elections left in 2022.