IFES The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) supports citizens' right to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to promote sustainable democracy.
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As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by: Providing technical assistance to election officials Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 135 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by: Providing technical assistance to election officials Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 135 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

The #COVID19 pandemic requires that we adjust the way we conduct elections – but how do we do so without introducing sec...
11/25/2020
IFES and German Marshall Fund Experts Release Guidance on Securing Elections Amid COVID-19

The #COVID19 pandemic requires that we adjust the way we conduct elections – but how do we do so without introducing security risks or creating opportunities for authoritarian regimes to interfere with elections?

In response, IFES and the German Marshall Fund have released a guide to help democratic actors navigate these new realities.

Read our recommendations 👇

#COVIDxDemocacy

The coronavirus pandemic necessitates changes to the way elections are conducted, but those changes can introduce new security risks and create windows of opportunity for authoritarian regimes to interfere in elections. The Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) at the German Marshall Fund of the Uni...

#COVID19 has brought discussions about voting by mail to the forefront. What are the risks and rewards to scaling up pos...
11/24/2020
Vote by Mail: International Practice During COVID-19

#COVID19 has brought discussions about voting by mail to the forefront. What are the risks and rewards to scaling up postal voting practices?

Read IFES’ new paper, which offers comparisons of mail-in voting from around the world, as well as recommendations for legislators and election administrators to address related challenges. 👇 #COVIDxDemocracy

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated debate around alternative voting methods. A growing number of democracies successfully operate distance voting, in which ballots are delivered to voters’ home and voters then return ballots by mail or in person. The most effective administrations have scaled...

How can independent institutions overcome #COVID19 threats to #defenddemocracy during the crisis?IFES’ latest #COVIDxDem...
11/24/2020
IFES COVID-19 Briefing Series: Preserving Independent and Accountable Institutions

How can independent institutions overcome #COVID19 threats to #defenddemocracy during the crisis?

IFES’ latest #COVIDxDemocracy paper explores what’s needed to preserve their autonomy and authority 👇

How can independent institutions overcome COVID-19 threats to protect democracy during the crisis? Preserving Independent and Accountable Institutions, the final paper in the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) COVID-19 Briefing Series, looks closely at this question and offers ...

IFES believes that global commitment and cooperation on anti-corruption has become even more imperative as a result of t...
11/23/2020
IFES Helps Shape UN’s International Anti-Corruption Agenda

IFES believes that global commitment and cooperation on anti-corruption has become even more imperative as a result of the #COVID19 pandemic.

As an accredited observer to the to the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption, IFES has recommended that the General Assembly include six priorities in the fight against corruption on their June 2021 agenda.
Read the recommendations 👇

#COVIDxDemocracy #UNGASS2021

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in June 2021 is a milestone event that will reflect on progress made under the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) since its inception. Most importantly, at the end of this session, the General Assembly has committed to producing an a...

11/20/2020
IFES | The U.S. Electoral College: A Whiteboard Video

Missed our live Virtual U.S. Election Program events? There’s still lots of #USEP2020 content to explore, particularly on IFES’ YouTube channel. It features whiteboard explainers on U.S. election administration – like the one below – recordings of our panels in multiple languages, welcome messages and more.

Visit the Virtual USEP site at https://usep.ifes.org or our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/IFES87/ to start exploring now!

Kofi Annan Foundation
11/16/2020

Kofi Annan Foundation

#COVID19 and Democracy in #EastAfrica – what challenges is the region facing? What opportunities could be identified when it comes to protecting voters and protecting the vote?

📌 On 19-20 November, join us and our incredible panel of speakers - including former President of Nigeria, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, and international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and first Education Minister of Mozambique, Ms. Graça Machel - to our online conference exploring the state of #democracy in East Africa in the context of the #Coronavirus pandemic.

🔎 Find out more and 📝 book your place now: https://www.kofiannanfoundation.org/conference/

An event supported by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

We’re pleased to announce that Michael Meenan will join IFES as chief financial officer starting on January 1.  “We had ...
11/11/2020
IFES Welcomes Michael Meenan as Chief Financial Officer

We’re pleased to announce that Michael Meenan will join IFES as chief financial officer starting on January 1.

“We had to find a CFO with the right mix of technical compliance and accounting experience coupled with the genuine passion for the critical work of democracy building around the globe. Our search was extensive, but all roads led us to Mike Meenan.” – IFES Board Treasurer Tod Sedgwick

Michael Meenan will join the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) as chief financial officer (CFO) on January 1, 2021. As the global leader in democracy promotion, IFES engages with critical issues in democracy, governance and elections around the world. Meenan has spent his entire....

You won't want to miss our expert panel - live in just  five minutes! 👇Join us: https://usep.ifes.org
11/04/2020

You won't want to miss our expert panel - live in just five minutes! 👇

Join us: https://usep.ifes.org

Tomorrow morning, IFES' #USEP2020 will bring you expert analysis of where things stand after the historic U.S. election ...
11/04/2020
Virtual USEP 2020

Tomorrow morning, IFES' #USEP2020 will bring you expert analysis of where things stand after the historic U.S. election and a discussion about technology and democracy with Microsoft.

🕗 Nov. 4 from 8:00-10:15 a.m. ET/UTC-5
⬇️ RSVP to join us

Register now to join the conversation, watch videos on demand and learn more about the U.S. Elections right away. Live, online events are happening Oc

11/04/2020
IFES | Voting Rights Act: A Whiteboard Video

What is the Voting Rights Act? Why was it created? What is its status today?

Our new whiteboard video explains it all.

#USEP2020

This video was produced by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems for its 2020 U.S. Election Program. Register for free today: https://usep.ifes....

"Serving at the polls today alongside many other young(er) first time election workers -- gives me hope to see so many f...
11/04/2020

"Serving at the polls today alongside many other young(er) first time election workers -- gives me hope to see so many folks answering the call of civic duty in this way!" – IFES' Lisa Reppell

Andy is one of those first-time poll workers. He stood ready to assist voters in English and Spanish outside a polling station today in Washington, D.C.

#USEP2020

"I voted" stickers are a uniquely American tradition and a symbol of democratic participation, similar to inked fingers ...
11/04/2020

"I voted" stickers are a uniquely American tradition and a symbol of democratic participation, similar to inked fingers in many other countries. Here are some examples from #Elections2020:

#USEP2020

As part of #USEP2020, IFES had the pleasure of organizing polling visits today for diplomatic missions in Washington, D....
11/04/2020

As part of #USEP2020, IFES had the pleasure of organizing polling visits today for diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C. Thanks to the District of Columbia Board of Elections for allowing us to witness democracy in action!

🎥 We’ve sent film crews across the U.S. to get a look at what polling stations look like. Do these experiences look like...
11/04/2020
Virtual Visit to Polling Places - Nov 2 | Virtual USEP 2020 [English] - YouTube

🎥 We’ve sent film crews across the U.S. to get a look at what polling stations look like. Do these experiences look like yours?

Watch and let us know! #USEP2020

Live Online Event: How are people voting across America in 2020? This segment will give participants from around the world a window into the unique experience o...

NPR
11/04/2020
NPR

NPR

International election monitors are visiting polling places in 30 states today. "You know who I’m rooting for, don’t you?" asks one former Polish diplomat. "The voter. That’s it.”

AP
11/03/2020
AP

AP

AP Photos: The Associated Press will count the nation’s vote in real time and report the results of presidential, congressional and state elections — as it has for more than 170 years. A look back at AP making the call through the years.

Did you know that in some polling places in North Carolina voters were given pens in sealed envelopes to use for voting?...
11/03/2020

Did you know that in some polling places in North Carolina voters were given pens in sealed envelopes to use for voting? #USEP2020 #Elections2020

11/03/2020
Trump vs. Biden 2020 - Nov 2 | Virtual USEP 2020 [English]

Will it be Trump or Biden?

If you missed yesterday's #USEP2020 panel with renowned pollsters Ed Goeas and Celinda Lake, watch now 👇

Live Online Event: Renowned Democratic and Republican pollsters offer their expert, insider analysis of this unprecedented presidential election campaign and...

11/03/2020
Election Administration Whiteboard Video

In most countries, national elections are run by one centralized commission. Not so in the U.S.

What does election administration look like in the U.S.? Watch the whiteboard video to learn more 👇 #USEP2020

usep.ifes.org

Missed a #USEP2020 panel?You're in luck! You can find videos of all of our panels on our IFES YouTube channel ▶️
11/03/2020
IFES87

Missed a #USEP2020 panel?

You're in luck! You can find videos of all of our panels on our IFES YouTube channel ▶️

IFES is the world's premiere electoral assistance organization, possessing more than 20 years of experience in 100+ countries around the world.

Open Society Foundations and Kofi Annan Foundation know the critical role that civil society plays in preserving democra...
11/03/2020
Guidance for Civil Society and Its Supporters on Elections With Integrity During COVID-19

Open Society Foundations and Kofi Annan Foundation know the critical role that civil society plays in preserving democratic rights.

Read their guide – endorsed by IFES – to support civil society during #COVID19 👇 #USEP2020 #COVIDxDemocracy

Civil society actors have an important role to play in ensuring that democratic principles are upheld around the world to protect and preserve fundamental rights. The coronavirus pandemic has inevitably impacted all aspects of social, economic and political life. These challenging times have introdu...

The who, what, when, where, why and how from Election Day, broken down by leading experts Tammy Patrick of Democracy Fun...
11/03/2020

The who, what, when, where, why and how from Election Day, broken down by leading experts Tammy Patrick of Democracy Fund, Christine Matthews of Bellwether Research, Daniel Tokaji of University of Wisconsin Law School, IFES Board Co-Chair Tad Devine and IFES' Chad Vickery.

Join us tomorrow for the morning after analysis from 8-10AM ET: https://usep.ifes.org

IFES Ukraine
11/03/2020

IFES Ukraine

🙋‍♀️ Join Discussion on U.S. Presidential Elections – Any Lessons for Ukraine?

When?
⏰ Today, 19:00 - 21:00 PM Kyiv time (12:00 - 14:00 EST) via Zoom.

What?
😎 Prominent Ukrainian and American political scientists, experts, election observers will meet to bring their valuable insights and reflect on the global impact of this year’s U.S. elections, in particular, for Ukraine.

⚡️ Register now: https://bit.ly/3jBR6Wb

🙂 You will find out the following:
🔸 what are the key distinctions of the American elections;
🔸 comparison on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. and Ukrainian electoral systems;
🔸 first-hand information on the course of the ongoing election;
🔸 parallels with the Ukrainian elections to see what Ukraine can learn from the U.S vote.

👉 The full agenda and information about the speakers сan be found here: https://bit.ly/34Eplbj

⚡️ Simultaneous English-Ukrainian interpretation, as well as sign language interpretation into Ukrainian will be provided.

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Arlington, VA
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(202) 350-6700

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