25 Years of Election Observation

  As The Carter Center marked its 100th election observation mission in 2015, the organization stands out as a leader in the field. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization (NGO), the Center has observed and reported on democratic and electoral processes around the world without inhibition or bias. The founder of The Carter Center, former U.S. President Jimmy ...
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Carter Center and NCSL Partner on U.S. Elections Project

Impartial observers help build confidence in the quality and integrity of elections. By providing assessments and recommendations to election authorities on all aspects of the process, independent observers help ensure that electoral practices protect voters’ civil and political rights. In the U.S., we generally accept election results and, with some exceptions, trust the elec...
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How Do We Know a Good Election When We See One?

  Over the last decade, practitioners working on election assistance and observation have made important strides in defining common principles to guide their work, developing more systematic methodologies, and expanding their work to focus increasingly on broader democratization processes. Consensus has emerged that standards for elections should be based on state o...
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Legislative and Presidential Elections in Tunisia

The Carter Center established a presence in Tunisia in 2011 and observed both the 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections and the constitution-making process that culminated in the adoption of the constitution in January 2014. The Center’s activities shifted in June 2014 with the formal launch of an election observation mission for the 2014 presidential and legislative e...
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Human Rights and Election Standards

The Carter Center believes greater and more sustained interaction between the election assistance community and intergovernmental human rights systems is needed to promote electoral reform initiatives, strengthen democratic elections and governance, and foster the evolution of relevant international law on elections. To this end, the Center plans to convene a series of confe...
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100 Elections Observed

In May 2015, observer teams deployed to Guyana, on the northeast coast of South America, for what would be The Carter Center's 100th observed election. Read the Center's statements and reports on Guyana's elections here. Twenty-six years earlier, in May 1989, The Carter Center sent its first-ever team of election observers to Panama, where their work exposed General Manu...
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Reports and Publications

The Democratic Election Standards initiative's handbooks and other thematic publications, along with the Democracy Program's final reports from election observation missions, contribute to shared knowledge within the election observation community and draw attention to key issues.   Election Reports This page is dedicated to the recent publications relating to the Dem...
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