The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated debate around alternative voting methods. A growing number of democracies successfully operate distance voting, in which ballots are delivered to voters’ home and voters then return ballots by mail or in person.
At its core, the Virtual U.S. Election Program (USEP) is a platform and gathering space for supporters of elections and democracy worldwide.
How can independent institutions overcome COVID-19 threats to protect democracy during the crisis?
How does COVID-19 entrench state capture and threaten democracies?
Governments should consider innovative measures to safeguard democratic elections from the risks associated with COVID-19, says a new briefing published by the British Academy and co-authored by International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) experts.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) 2018-19 elections were followed by the country’s first peaceful and democratic transfer of executive power. However, the elections – particularly their results management – were widely criticized.
Women, people with disabilities, internally displaced persons and the LGBTQ community often face discrimination and political exclusion. People who identify with more than one of these identities, such as women with disabilities or young people who are displaced, have unique experiences that are often not considered in the design and implementation of electoral and political activities.
How can all people participate in elections and democracy during COVID-19 and other crises?
How can information and elections be protected during COVID-19 and other crises?
“Tough decisions are being made around the world regarding electoral processes, but none should be made disregarding international standards and best practices. During a global health crisis that demands coordinated action for the protection of fundamental rights, close monitoring and international cooperation are acutely in demand.”