What Are Voting Rights in Cuba?


Cuba’s government only allows one political party – the communist party. Castro’s regime severely oppresses all forms of dissent. No election campaigns are allowed. But within this highly oppressive system Cubans do technically have voting rights.

As long as they are not mentally disabled or imprisoned, all citizens over the age of 16 can vote in the elections for the municipal assembly and the provincial assemblies. There are no presidential elections. This is one of the many reasons it is difficult to consider Cuba a democracy. It’s hard also to tell how much corruption is a factor in the current election processes.

In recent years Cubans have gotten a lot closer to being able to nominate candidates on their own, without the government deciding who can run for elected office. But to this day Cuba remains a totalitarian state.