Report of the National Lawyers Guild Delegation on the April 14, 2013 Presidential Election and Expanded May-June Audit in Venezuela

On April 14, 2013, over 79 percent of the electorate participated in the special elections to determine the next president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Nícolás Maduro Moros won the election with 50.61% of the vote (7,587,579 votes) to Henrique Capriles Radonski’s 49.12% (7,363,980 votes).1 While the margin is small, it is comparable to close elections in the United States, such as the margins of victory for Kennedy in 1960 and for Bush in 2000 and 2004.