Russia votes on Sunday to elect another tame parliament for Vladimir Putin, although his party looks like having a reduced majority.
Despite staging a successful Olympics, Japan's prime minister decides that his party will be better placed with a new leader for the upcoming election.
There's an interesting and important debate over the Chinese government's intentions towards Taiwan, and it's unlikely to be resolved any time soon.
A quick rundown on the top ten elections scheduled for 2021.
A tumultuous year comes to an end with incumbent governments generally doing well and democracy managing to weather some storms.
Japan's new prime minister, like most of his predecessors, is the choice of party factions rather than any sort of popular process. But public discontent rarely goes to the lengths of putting a different party in government.
Eighty years after the murder of Leon Trotsky, another opponent of the Kremlin is struck down. If it's a coincidence, it's a striking one.
Singapore's election will, as usual, not really be an exercise in democracy. But this year the example of Hong Kong reminds us that things could be a lot worse.
A wrap-up of election results from Malawi, Mongolia, Iceland, Poland and France.
In yet another apparent case of democratic backsliding, Mongolia's parliamentary election will be an important one to watch.