Templates and Training

The Carter Center has developed many resources to help citizens and election observers apply an obligations-based framework to real elections around the world.

Through a variety of materials, the Carter Center’s resources provide a foundation of knowledge for citizens and election observers, while contributing to the broader goals of DES.


The reporting templates below are examples intended to facilitate election observation by providing core staff with forms to summarize major findings before, on, and after election day. The various reporting templates include:

Training Schedules for Observers

The following schedules outline the sessions and main topics included in The Carter Center’s training of short-term and long-term election observers.

A Carter Center observer in Sudan completes a checklist during the vote counting process.