Participants of the 2010 U.S. Election Program tour the U.S. Capitol.
IFES’ U.S. Election Program, held every two years during general elections since 1992, begins this year on November 4 in Washington, D.C.
The program brings together hundreds of elections officials and practitioners from around the world to observe the American electoral process and discuss current electoral topics.
This year’s event, which holds particular significance as IFES celebrates its 25th anniversary, begins with a primer on the U.S. elections, offering participants a deeper understanding of the electoral process in the United States.
The four-day program continues on Monday with four plenary sessions featuring experts on key issues pertaining to citizen participation: technology and out-of-country voting; campaign finance; voting accessibility for persons with disabilities; and women’s political participation.
The second day will be capped with the presentation of the Joe C. Baxter Award, which is given annually to an elections practitioner who, like the late IFES Senior Expert Joe C. Baxter, epitomizes IFES’ mission to promote participation, transparency and accountability in political life and civil society.
This year’s recipient of the award is Christian Monsod, former chairman of the Philippine Commission on Elections, founder of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections and a pioneer of the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections.
On Tuesday, November 7, participants will be taken to polling stations across Maryland, D.C. and Virginia to watch the voting process as it happens. That evening, a reception will be held at the House of Sweden to watch election results as they are reported.
The last day of the program will be held on Capitol Hill. It begins with a conversation about international perspectives on U.S. election administration, followed by a plenary session on adjudication of election disputes. The U.S. Election Program will end with a tour of the U.S. Capitol.
IFES will cover the U.S. Election Program on Twitter. Follow @IFES1987 using #IFESUSEP for a daily account of the events and photographs of the activities and discussions.
Click here for more information of the program and to see the agenda.