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Feb. 2, 2016
25 Years of Election Observation at The Carter Center (PDF)
A brief overview of the history of The Carter Center's election observation work over the 25 years between 1989 and 2014 reveals a gradual evolution as the Center expanded its work around the world. Simultaneously, the role of election observation grew significantly within the Center itself, as did the role the Center plays in the field internationally.

June 17, 2014
Final Report: "Lessons Learned From the 2011 Elections": The Relation Between Civil Society and the ISIE (PDF)
In late 2013 and early 2014, 268 stakeholders in Tunisia's democratic transition came together for a series of workshops examining lessons learned during the October 2011 elections. Participants articulated recommendations in support of the anticipated national elections in 2014 for consideration by various Tunisian stakeholders, including the Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections, or the ISIE. This report summarizes the process and outcomes of the workshop series, and offers recommendations for consideration by Tunisia's electoral authorities in advance of anticipated presidential and parliamentary elections. Translation: إقرأ في اللغة العربية

May 5, 2014
Final Report: The 2014 Constitution-Drafting Assembly Elections in Libya (PDF) (link currently unavailable) 
Following an invitation from the High National Election Commission, The Carter Center deployed a team of six experts to Libya to assess the elections for a 60-member constituent assembly, or the constitution-drafting assembly, the body charged with drafting a new Libyan constitution according to Libya's interim constitution. The Carter Center team visited Libya in December to learn about the candidate registration process and other key preparations and returned in mid-January to conduct an expert mission focused on key election administration issues.

March 19, 2014
Internet Voting Pilot: Norway's 2013 Parliamentary Elections (PDF)
The Carter Center was invited to observe the Internet voting trials of the Norwegian Parliamentary Elections of 2013. In response to the invitation, the Center decided to deploy a one-person Expert Study Mission in close coordination with a separate mission deployed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). Using the Norwegian 2013 elections, this report attempts to address two separate but related issues: 1) the relationship between Internet voting in uncontrolled environments and generally accepted standards for genuine democratic elections, and 2) the extent to which Internet voting is observable.

Jan. 14, 2013
Groundbreaking Reports on Voter ID Issued
The Carter Center and the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network are pleased to announce the release of two new resources on voter identification processes and practices.  The reports provide groundbreaking analysis of a range of critical electoral issues on voter identification, the right to vote, and related international standards and election administration practices.  The Carter Center report includes a comparative analysis of voter identification processes in Africa and Latin America, while the ACE report focuses on the delicate balance between preventing fraud and protecting the right to vote.

Sept. 1, 2012
Final Report: People's National Assembly Elections in Algeria
Following a set of political and electoral reform measures implemented in January 2012, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika called for elections for the People's National Assembly of Algeria on May 10, 2012. Invitations to observe the elections were extended to a number of organizations, including The Carter Center. In lieu of deploying an observation mission, the Center decided to send a small election expert mission to assess particular aspects of the election process as well as the general evolution of the democratic environment in Algeria. The Center offers this report in the spirit of cooperation and assistance to indicate several areas in which positive progress has been made as well as some areas in which the conduct of elections and their democratic context could be further improved.

July 25, 2012
Overview of State Obligations Relevant to Democratic Governance and Democratic Elections (PDF)
This brief paper, co-authored with Democracy Reporting International, gives an overview of the extent to which states are obliged to organize themselves as a democracy and to hold genuine elections, and describes related gaps in international law. A comprehensive table summarizes the obligations and their content and meaning.

July 25, 2012
Strengthening International Law to Support Democratic Governance and Genuine Elections (PDF)
This comprehensive study, co-authored with Democracy Reporting International, discusses state obligations under international law relevant to democratic governance and genuine elections in detail. It also outlines gaps in current international law and recommends specific points for inclusion in future general comments by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Jan. 19, 2012
The Carter Center Handbook on Observing Electronic Voting (PDF)
This handbook is designed to supplement other tools and resources available to Carter Center election observation missions (EOMs). It therefore does not cover every aspect of an election observation mission. Instead, it provides additional detail regarding those issues related to the use of e-voting technologies.

Oct. 1, 2007
Developing a Methodology for Observing Electronic Voting (PDF)
The increasing use of new electronic voting (e-voting) technologies in elections around the world has been recognized by the international election observation community as one of the paramount challenges facing election observation today. As a whole, international election observation organizations have had relatively little experience observing elections in which e-voting technologies are used. In addition, the inherent lack of transparency of electronic voting technologies discourages easy observation.

March 23, 2007
Building Consensus on Principles for International Election Observation (PDF)
This brief report outlines the consensus-building process that led to the endorsement of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of conduct for International Election Observers and discusses some of the continuing challenges facing the election observation community as a whole.

Dec. 1, 2005
Summary of Proceedings: Automated Voting and Election Observation, The Carter Center,
March 17-18, 2005

Introduction and link to the Summary of Proceedings: Automated Voting and Election Observation. Provides an overview of the main areas of discussion during the Carter Center-convened meeting of election authorities, academics, technical experts, and representatives from organizations involved in international election observation. Held March 17-18, 2005, in Atlanta. This summary may not reflect the exact views of each participant. A meeting agenda and list of participants are also attached.

Jan. 1, 2000
The Carter Center in Liberia: Promoting Human Rights and Rule of Law in Difficult Transitional Settings (PDF)
This report is a review and assessment of the record of The Carter Center’s long-term involvement in Liberia, with particular attention to post-election programs.

June 1, 1998
Democratisation From The Outside In: NGO and International Efforts to Promote Open Elections
(No. 107) (PDF)

Reprint of an article by Wesleyan University's Vikram K. Chand that discusses the growth of international and NGO monitoring efforts and assesses their scope, contribution, and limits (PDF format).

Nov. 1, 1996
The Journey to Democracy: 1986-1996 (PDF)
Report chronicling the Council of Freely Elected Heads of Governments' role in the democratization of Latin America and the Caribbean through election-monitoring and other activities. Foreword by Jimmy Carter and introduction by Robert Pastor.

June 1, 1993
Moderating Ethnic Tensions by Electoral Mediation (PDF)
An overview of the role of international mediators in the electoral process, with special focus on the October 1992 elections in Guyana. A Carter Center publication by David J. Carroll and Robert A. Pastor, June 1993.

Nov. 1, 1992
The International Observation of the U.S. Elections (Vol. III, No. 1, November 1992) (PDF)
Report from the Council of Freely Elected Heads of Government and the Latin American and Caribbean Program of a visit by a Mexican team to observe the 1992 U.S. elections.

May 10, 1998
Whether Rich or Poor, I Have the Same Rights as a Human Being (PDF)
A report on a series of 13 focus groups conducted in Liberia by The Carter Center.

March 1, 1988
Myth, Reality, and the Future in Southern Africa: Challenges for a New Administration (PDF)
Report from the conference, "Myth, Reality, and the Future in Southern Africa: Challenges for a New Administration," a policy briefing sponsored by The Carter Center and the Ford Foundation in March 1988.

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