The Carter Center is trying to improve United States Elections through their expertise in helping other Countries in troubled elections to achieve international standards.
This is the first time The Carter Center has chosen to help the United States to have a Democratic Election.
Press Release on August 28 2020
Recognizing the scale of the challenges facing democratic elections in the U.S., The Carter Center plans to conduct several election-related activities before and after the November election to help build confidence in the process and results.
Increasing Public Knowledge of Key Election Issues & Processes
The Center will work to increase public knowledge of key election issues and processes and encourage electoral transparency throughout all stages of the process, with access for partisan and nonpartisan civic observers.
Carter Center International Experience in Election Observation
The Carter Center has observed more than 110 elections in 39 countries.
Since its first observation mission in 1989, the Center’s election work has focused internationally, prioritizing countries that are either
Beginning a Democratic Transition or at Risk of Backsliding,
which is often characterized by
A Lack of Public Trust
Ethnic or Racial Divisions and Injustice
Fears that Election Results won’t be seen as Credible or could Trigger Violence
United States Has Fallen Short of International Election Standards
Although the U.S. has long fallen short of international election standards in several key areas, until the last 10 years or so, the Center would not have assessed the quality of U.S. democracy and elections as backsliding.
“However,” said Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander, “given the scale of problems today – including:
Lack of Confidence in Elections
Obstacles to Participation by Minority Groups and Others
Persistent Racial Injustice
“the Center has decided that it should try to improve elections here at home, drawing on its global experience observing troubled elections and its knowledge of international standards.”
The Carter Center Plans to Conduct Activities in Two Main Areas
Providing Public Information on Important Issues of Election Administration
especially where problems are likely or where there is a lack of information and awareness
Encouraging Election Officials to Ensure Maximum Transparency and Access for Partisan and Nonpartisan Civic Observers throughout the Election Process
Depending on developments, the Center also might explore some limited election observation activities, perhaps targeting key issues or a few states.
Wherever possible, the Center hopes to work alongside bipartisan and nonpartisan efforts to support these goals.
Carter Center Future Goals in Election Observation
Help Advance Voting Rights and Other Needed Reforms
Take Steps to Ensure Independent Nonpartisan Election Administration and Redistricting
Transparency in Campaign Finance
Expanded Digital Literacy
Reforms to the Electoral College