The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) seeks to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of individuals in advancing freedom and democracy by bestowing awards in honor of past chairs of the Board of Directors Charles T. Manatt and Patricia Hutar, and Senior Adviser Joe C. Baxter.
The 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 unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights.
The annual Joe C. 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.
The Patricia Hutar Award honors public servants who, through their work or activities, express a commitment to improved democratic practices.