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Government > Democracy Stats: compare key data on United States & Venezuela

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  • Civil and political liberties: Civil and political liberties
    Units: Index Ranging from 7 (High Levels of Liberties) to 1 (Low
    Units: This is the average of two indicators - civil liberties and political liberties.
  • Democratic institutions rating: Democratic institutions
    Units: Scale ranging from -10 (autocratic) to +10 (democratic)
  • Female candidacy: Year in which women received the right to stand for election. Data refer to the year in which right to vote or stand for election on a universal and equal basis was recognized. Where two years are shown, the first refers to the first partial recognition of the right to stand for election.
  • Female ministers: Women in government at ministerial level in 2000 (as % of total). Data were provided by states based on their definition of national executive and may therefore include women serving as ministers and vice ministers and those holding other ministerial positions, including parliamentary secretaries.
  • Female parliamentarians: Seats in parliament held by women (as % of total). Data are as of 8 March 2002. Where there are lower and upper houses, data refer to the weighted average of women's shares of seats in both houses.
  • Female suffrage: Year in which women received the right to vote. Data refer to the year in which right to vote or stand for election on a universal and equal basis was recognized. Where two years are shown, the first refers to the first partial recognition of the right to vote.
  • First female parliamentarian: Year first woman elected or appointed to parliament.
  • Parliamentary elections > Registered voter turnout: The proportion of registered voters who actually voted.
  • Parliamentary elections > Total vote: The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes. More information on valid, invalid and blank votes can be found at aceproject.org
  • Parliamentary elections > Voter registration: The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes, as reported by the electoral management body.
  • Parliamentary elections > Voting age population: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age
  • Presidential elections > Registered voter turnout: The proportion of registered voters who actually voted.
  • Presidential elections > Voting age population: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age
  • Presidential elections > Voting age population per 1000: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Parliamentary elections > Turnout: The number of votes divided by the Voting Age Population figure, expressed as a percentage.
  • Presidential elections > Turnout per million: The number of votes divided by the Voting Age Population figure, expressed as a percentage. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Presidential elections > Total vote: The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes. More information on valid, invalid and blank votes can be found at aceproject.org
  • Presidential elections > Turnout: The number of votes divided by the Voting Age Population figure, expressed as a percentage.
  • Secret ballot > Date of introduction: Date voting by secret ballot was introduced in different countries around the world.
  • Presidential elections > Voter registration: The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes, as reported by the electoral management body.
  • Parliamentary elections > Voting age population per 1000: International IDEA has chosen to use not only the reported registration rate to calculate turnout percentages, but also the voting age population (VAP) which includes all citizens above the legal voting age. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
STAT United States Venezuela HISTORY
Civil and political liberties 6
Ranked 6th. Twice as much as Venezuela
3
Ranked 80th.
Democratic institutions rating 10
Ranked 9th. 43% more than Venezuela
7
Ranked 53th.
Female candidacy 1,788
Ranked 161st.
1,946
Ranked 93th. 9% more than United States
Female ministers 7.1%
Ranked 92nd.
47.4%
Ranked 2nd. 7 times more than United States
Female parliamentarians 13.8%
Ranked 60th. 42% more than Venezuela
9.7%
Ranked 91st.
Female suffrage "1920 ,1960" 1946
First female parliamentarian 1917 (elected) 1948 (elected)
Gender Parity Index in primary level enrolment 0.991
Ranked 52nd. 1% more than Venezuela
0.98
Ranked 70th.

Parliamentary elections > Registered voter turnout 63.8%
Ranked 101st. 13% more than Venezuela
56.6%
Ranked 128th.
Parliamentary elections > Total vote 99.74 million
Ranked 3rd. 15 times more than Venezuela
6.57 million
Ranked 40th.
Parliamentary elections > Voter registration 156.42 million
Ranked 2nd. 13 times more than Venezuela
11.62 million
Ranked 37th.
Parliamentary elections > Voting age population 213.95 million
Ranked 2nd. 15 times more than Venezuela
14.13 million
Ranked 35th.
Presidential elections > Registered voter turnout 67.4%
Ranked 55th. 19% more than Venezuela
56.5%
Ranked 70th.
Presidential elections > Voting age population 213.95 million
Ranked 1st. 15 times more than Venezuela
14.13 million
Ranked 18th.
Presidential elections > Voting age population per 1000 737.5
Ranked 17th. 35% more than Venezuela
547.78
Ranked 37th.
Parliamentary elections > Turnout 46.6
Ranked 93th. About the same as Venezuela
46.5
Ranked 94th.
Presidential elections > Turnout per million 0.17
Ranked 77th.
1.81
Ranked 65th. 11 times more than United States
Presidential elections > Total vote 105.41 million
Ranked 1st. 16 times more than Venezuela
6.6 million
Ranked 21st.
Presidential elections > Turnout 49.3
Ranked 64th. 6% more than Venezuela
46.7
Ranked 67th.
Secret ballot > Date of introduction 1891 1946
Presidential elections > Voter registration 156.42 million
Ranked 1st. 13 times more than Venezuela
11.68 million
Ranked 17th.
Parliamentary elections > Voting age population per 1000 737.5
Ranked 40th. 35% more than Venezuela
547.78
Ranked 83th.

SOURCES: Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2000-2001, New York: Freedom House, 2001; Polity IV Project, University of Maryland, at Polity IV Project; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 1995. Women in Parliaments 1945-1995: A World Statistical Survey. Geneva and IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on year women received the right to vote and to stand for election and year first woman was elected or appointed to parliament. March. Geneva; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on women in government at the ministerial level. March. Geneva; calculated on the basis of data on parliamentary seats from IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2002. Parline Database. March 2002; IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 1995. Women in Parliaments 1945-1995: A World Statistical Survey. Geneva and IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union). 2001. Correspondence on year women received the right to vote and to stand for election and year first woman was elected or appointed to parliament. March. Geneva.; Source: Millennium Development Goals Database | United Nations Statistics Division; Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003; Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance 2003. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Various sources compiled into Wikipedia's Secret ballot

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