What do Election Observers Do?
June 21, 2017
The work of ensuring fair elections starts well before polling day itself
EVER since the late 1990s, international observation of elections has become so widespread that refusing to admit monitors is almost an outright admission of fraud. Even autocrats such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko invite foreign monitors. After Turkey’s referendum in April,
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“Monitoring Democracy is an impressive attempt to assess the success of international election monitoring by systematically comparing several hundred monitoring missions across the globe. . . . [Kelley] also offers extensive concrete suggestions for improving monitoring in the future. This book addresses a major gap in the literature,
International election monitors are far from perfect, but African observers are not yet ready to take over. ARTICLE Think Africa Press | 31 MAY 2013 – 10:15AM | BY JUDITH KELLEY
Polling staff in Liberia contemplate how to prepare to count the ballots as an election monitor looks on. Photograph by Brittany Danisch.
In the 1980s, few elections had outside observers, but their presence has grown steadily since then, and today most have at least a few delegation
The Iowa Secretary of State and the Texas Attorney General have both rebuffed OSCE observers, claiming they have no right to observe the election.
In 1990 the US signed a declaration that together with other OSCE states invited observers to national elections. So what’s the issue? Judith Kelley weighs in in this Slate Magazine piece, by Brian Palmer, who explains the controversy.
On October 15, Judith Kelley delivered the keynote address for a seminar at the Danish Foreign Ministry.
The seminar was directed at finding ways to improve EU election observation and was attended by experienced election observers and politicians
The seminar presented several recommendations for ways to improve election observation. Most of these can be found in the concluding chapter of the book, Monitoring Democracy, featured on this website.
from Radio New Zealand’s Sunday Morning program on Sunday 12 August 2012
Judith Kelley the author of a book which analyses election monitoring has asked some pretty hard questions about what works and what doesn’t.
Duke Sanford INSIGHTS published this great article about my book.
Free and Fair: When Monitoring Works, Why It Fails
By Karen Kemp
In these news reports and hundreds more like them lie the seeds of Judith Kelley’s research. Reading them, she wondered how foreign observers rose to such influential roles, when elections were traditionally such a bastion of national sovereignty. Why do some countries invite election monitoring organizations, when candidates clearly inten