“Transparency,” in Electoral Integrity in America: Securing Elections

Nonpartisan election observation has become an almost universal global practice (Kelley 2012). By 2006, a total of 1,759 election events in 157 countries, or 80% of elections across the world, were observed by international organizations (Hyde 2011). Citizen observation activities were similarly widespread. Many of these observation missions were funded or supported by the gove...
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Nepal Parliamentary and Provincial Elections 2017

The Carter Center is observing the Dec. 2017 Parliamentary and Provincial Elections in Nepal.   The statements and reports from this mission can be found below. Carter Center Issues Statement on Nepal’s Counting Process Dec. 21, 2017 The Carter Center today issued a post-election statement detailing its findings related to Nepal’s vote-counting process. Thes...
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A Guide to Election Observer Policies in the United States

The Carter Center and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) partnered to examine election observation in the U.S. and the main regulations that shape observer access. In this 50-state statutory research, we look at the relevant laws and practices for multiple types of election observers. This booklet answers the following questions: ...
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Preliminary Statement on the 2017 Kenyan Election

The Carter Center commends the people of Kenya for the remarkable patience and resolve they demonstrated during the Aug. 8 elections for president, governors, senators, the national assembly, women’s representatives, and county assemblies. In an impressive display of their commitment to the democratic process, Kenyans were undeterred by long lines and cast their ballots in a ge...
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Native American Voters Face Unique Obstacles

Until 1924’s Indian Citizenship Act, American Indians did not have the legal right to vote. Even after that, states found ways to make voting difficult for Native Americans. New Mexico didn’t remove its legal restrictions on native voters until 1962, according to Virginia Davis, senior policy advisor at the National Congress of American Indians. Native Americans were eff...
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