22 Inspiring Photos Remind Us What Democracy Looks Like Around the World

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The news: As Americans cast their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections, millions of people around the world have also been heading to the polls. Voters in Brazil, Tunisia, Ukraine and Uruguay cast their ballots this weekend in countries facing political turmoil, post-revolutionary hangovers and rattled economies. 

Just as likely runoffs, party switchers and tight races mark the battle for the U.S. Senate, these young democracies are demonstrating the comings and goings of a healthy democratic system.

Ukraine 

Amid continued fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, thousands of Ukrainians cast their ballots at a polling station in parliamentary elections on Sunday in the capital city of Kiev. 

Analysts argue that pro-Western parties will dominate parliament after President Petro Poroshenko's election win, reports Reuters. The newly elected president has a mandate to end the conflict and pivot the country away from Russia and toward Europe.

Ukrainian woman casts her ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections on October 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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A woman stood in a polling booth during parliamentary elections on October 26, 2014.
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A military service soldier of the Ukrainian National Army emerges from a voting booth with his ballot for parliamentary elections before casting his vote at a polling station on October 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Ukraine's Prime Minister, head of political party People's Front Arseni Yatsenyuk with his wife Tereziya and daughter Sofiya cast their ballots at a polling station in parliamentary elections on October 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Although a low turnout is expected in the east of the country amid continued fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, Ukraine is expected to elect a pro-Western parliament in a further move away from Russian influence.
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Galyne, 82, is helped by her daughter to casts her vote from their home as election staff workers collect the votes from people too infirm to visit the polling stations on October 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Brazil

Supporters of Brazilian President and Workers' Party candidate Dilma Rousseff celebrated this weekend after Rousseff was re-elected with 51% of the vote, defeating the Brazilian Social Democratic Party's candidate Aécio Neves in a runoff. 

People gathered in a polling station in the Complexo da Mare 'favela,' or community, during presidential run-off elections on October 26, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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A man finishes voting at the Rochina slum of Rio de Janiero on October 26, 2014.
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Voters walk to a polling station in the Rochina slum of Rio de Janeiro on October 26, 2014.
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Mobile application showed the percentage of the vote for the presidency elections. The candidate Dilma Rousseff had 51% of the vote against 48% of Aecio Neves on October 26, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff won reelection with 51% of the valid votes.
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Tunisia

More than 5 million Tunisians went to polling stations Monday to elect 217 members of the new parliament. The voting marked the first democratically elected legislature in the history of Tunisia, an event sparked by the Arab Spring of 2012.

Tunisian election officials registered Tunisian voters before they cast their votes at al-Manar polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tunis, Tunisia on October 26, 2014. More than 5 million Tunisians were expected to go to the polling stations across the country to select 217 members of the new parliament as the first democratically-elected legislature in the history of Tunisia.
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A Tunisian voter's finger is inked after casting his vote at al-Manar polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tunis, Tunisia on October 26, 2014.
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A woman casted her vote in the country's first post-revolutionary election.
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Tunisian policemen stood guard as a man delivered ballots for counting on October 27, 2014.
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Tunisian voters waited outside the al-Manar polling station to cast their ballots for parliamentary elections in Tunis, Tunisia on October 26, 2014.
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Uruguay

Presidential candidates greeted and kissed voters across Uruguay this weekend as they stood in lines to cast their ballots. Exit polls and partial results Monday morning indicate that the candidate from President Jose Mujica's party has won most votes in the presidential election.

If he wins, Tabare Vazquez of the Broad Front party will face Luis Lacalle Pou of the right-wing National Party. Meanwhile, Mujica, known for his frugal lifestyle, traveled to a polling station in a Volkswagen Beetle. Uruguay's constitution forbids presidents to run for a second consecutive term.

Broad Front party supporters stood outside a polling station in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Polls showed the vote will probably go to a second round on Nov. 30 between ruling Broad Front candidate Tabare Vazquez and the opposition National Party's Luis Lacalle Pou.
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Candidate for president Luis Lacalle Pou greeted supporters outside of a polling station in Canelones, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.
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A woman casted her ballot in Canelones, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.
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Presidential candidate Tabare Vazquez of the Broad Front party greeted supporters after voting in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.
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Broad Front party supporters checked lists in the Cachimba del Piojo neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.
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Jose Mujica, Uruguay's president, casted his ballot at a polling station in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.
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People waited outside a polling station in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.
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Coleen Jose

Coleen Jose is a multimedia journalist and documentary photographer based in New York City writing on international news and U.S. foreign policy for Mic. Previously, she reported across the Philippines for GlobalPost and Scientific American. She has also reported on environmental exploitation as a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and examines the role of climate change in global security.

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