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Advancing Transparency, Building Trust

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Public confidence in the electoral process is critical to ensuring that people participate in elections and accept the results. From our experience observing 115 elections in 40 countries, we know that public information and transparency—the ability of citizens to "see into" and understand the legal and administrative mechanics of the election—are key to bolstering trust.

Since 2020, The Carter Center has been working to support elections at home by providing objective information about the election process and advancing good practices in transparency. The Center is also encouraging support for democratic norms by building bipartisan, grassroots networks of civic and business leaders in four key states.

Our efforts have expanded in 2022 and will continue to grow in the run-up to 2024, as we work to strengthen trust in the U.S. electoral process by providing information to voters, encouraging the U.S. to meet international election standards, promoting nonpartisan citizen observation, and working to mitigate possible electoral violence.

Candidate Principles for Trusted Elections

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The Carter Center has partnered with more than 50 organizations across the political spectrum to develop and promote the Candidate Principles for Trusted Elections, five core doctrines of democratic elections: integrity, nonviolence, security, oversight, and the peaceful transfer of power. Voters and organizations can lend their names to these principles, telling candidates to lead by example to help restore trust in elections. Read more about this effort and add your signature to show support for these principles at www.principledcandidates.org.


The Carter Center is a proud supporter of the National Association of Secretaries of State #TrustedInfo2022 campaign.

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