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Democracy’s Frontline Defenders

Across the globe, the people who run our elections are being undermined, targeted, and attacked. Here is how to shore them up—and protect democratic institutions, too.


Elections don’t run themselves. How an election is conducted—from the registration of voters and candidates to the tallying and final certification of the results—determines whether it’s a free and fair contest or a rigged and undemocratic one. In most democracies, elections are administered by professional, politically independent institutions, or so-called election management bodies. Election management usually garners little public attention before polling day, particularly in countries where the rules of the democratic game are widely accepted.

Read the full piece originally published in the Journal of Democracy