Elections in the Middle East

Using expert surveys, exit polling, and original data submissions from researchers, MEPE will build a region-wide election map that spans both democracies and electoral autocracies. Researchers will be able to interact with these data on electoral outcomes all the way down to the district level. Visitors will also have various options to toggle their view of electoral outcomes by party positioning, ideology, and policy issues for parties in over 25 states across the region. Positioning will distribute & identify parties by: important questions facing the region in a given era, from federal union in the immediate postwar era to post-9/11 cooperation with Washington in the war on terror; general left/right, economic left/right, and social left/right; concerns of particular questions, such as Turkey's accession to the European Union or Iran's nuclear program; as well as questions not specific to the region or any particular country, such as immigration, wealth & land redistribution, decentralization, and the environment.

To cite data downloaded from this webpage, please use the following rough guidelines, which can be adapted to different citation rules (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA) and uploaded into citation generators (e.g., Zotero or BibRef):


  • Include author's first and last name.

  • Include the title of the dataset.

  • Use the Middle East Political Elites: Elections. 

  • Include the date on which the data was posted as well as the date of first access.

  • If possible, please include a link to the website (https://mideastelites.org/). 

If you wish to submit election data to our website, please use the "submission" form below. All submissions will be reviewed thoroughly before being posted, and authors will be notified before data is posted. 


When submitting election data, please describe the types, dimensions, and extent of your election data either in the form box or by attaching a PDF. Rather than submitting your data to the page, you will complete the form below and our agent will be in touch with you shortly thereafter to work out a plan to manage the data and integrate it to our site. MEPE will also work with authors to ensure compliance with copyright. 

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