About the 2017 Democracy and Baxter Awards

Event Date:

2 Oct 2017
Location: 
Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award is presented each year in a special ceremony to one Democrat, one Republican and a member of the international community who demonstrate the dedication to democracy and human rights embodied by the award’s namesake, former IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt.

This year, IFES will honor former IFES Board of Directors Vice Chair Judy Black (R), Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) and His Excellency Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States, with 2017 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards. They will receive the award at a special ceremony to be held on October 2, in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will be co-chaired by IFES Board Director and Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier and IFES Board Director and Foley & Lardner LLP partner Cleta Mitchell. The Cook Political Report Editor and Publisher Charlie Cook will emcee the ceremony.

IFES will also present the annual Joe C. Baxter Award to Tamar Zhvania, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, during the ceremony. The Baxter Award honors an individual with a proven track record of exceptional dedication to election administration. The award promotes the principles of local ownership, transparency and sustainability in electoral management.

Individual tickets for this ceremony are $500 and tables of 10 are $5,000. Additional sponsorship opportunities include $10,000 as an IFES Patron and $50,000 as an IFES Champion. For details on these signature sponsorship opportunities, please click here

The proceeds from the event will benefit the IFES Innovation Fund, an endowment that supports original projects that address pressing issues in democratic development today. IFES awards funds to outstanding proposals from staff that support local programs focused on promoting gender equality, adequate use of technology, electoral security, human rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.

Past Democracy Award Recipients

2016

Nay Lin Soe, Myanmar
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.)
Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)

2015

Professor Attahiru Jega, Nigeria
Hon. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) 
Hon. Ed Royce (R-Calif.)

2014

Maria Corina Machado, Venezuela 
Hon. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
Hon. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

2013

Dr. Leonardo Valdés Zurita, Mexico
Hon. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
Hon. Kay Granger (R-Tex.)

2012 

Maimuna Mwidau, Kenya
Hon. David Dreier (R-Calif.)
Hon. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)

2011

Judge Johann Kriegler, South Africa
Hon. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

2010

Ziad Baroud, Lebanon
Hon. M. Peter McPherson, USAID
Hon. David Obey (D-Wis.)

Recipients, 1996-2007 

Hon. Lee H. Hamilton
H.E. José Miguel Insulza, Chile, OAS
Hon. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
H.E. Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine
Hon. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.)
Hon. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.)
Rev. Msgr. Agripino Núñez Collado, Dominican Republic
H.E. Ronald Reagan
Richard Soudriette, IFES

 

Past Joe C. Baxter Award Recipients

2016

Chafik Sarsar, President of Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections, Tunisia

2015

Michael Maley, Election Management Expert, Australia

2014

Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Former Chief Electoral Commissioner and Chairman of the National Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

2013

Prof. Jørgen Elklit, Professor of Political Science and Government at Aarhus University, Denmark

2012

Christian Monsod, Former Chairman of the Philippine Commission on Elections, Philippines

2011

Dr. Delia Ferreira Rubio, Campaign Finance Expert, Argentina

2010

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Former Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Ghana

2009

Dr. Rafael López-Pintor, Elections Expert, Spain