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AU Hosts International Observers of U.S. Election Process

By Jon Hussey

Civil society representatives from Iran, Mexico, China, and Germany will join American University Washington College of Law Humphrey Fellows, who are legal practitioners from South Africa, Namibia, China, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Tanzania, and Brazil, to observe and study U.S. elections next week.

Hosted by AU’s Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM), the groups will be observing the November 4 U.S. presidential election to study the U.S. electoral process and to bring best practices home to their countries.  For a full itinerary of the group’s activities, please contact Jon Hussey at 202-885-5935 or

CDEM will provide observers with pre-observation orientation, training, and observer credentials.  Site visits have been arranged to the U.S. Congress, League of Women Voters, and other election-related nongovernment organizations in the area. On Election Day, observers will visit polling stations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, as well as a nonpartisan election night party.  CDEM aims to give observers exposure to U.S. elections and comparative perspectives between different voting systems.