Kennedy School Hosts International Elections Observers

November 7, 2008
by Doug Gavel

A group of international Elections Fellows from more than 70 countries gathered Nov. 6 at Harvard Kennedy School for a symposium to analyze the outcomes and ramifications of the U.S. presidential and congressional elections.

Kennedy School lecturer David King moderated the discussions. Other Harvard participants included Professor Alexander Keyssar, who discussed voter turnout; lecturer Richard Parker, who discussed religion and politics; and Institute of Politics Fellows Alex Castellanos, Jennifer Donahue and Tom Vilsack.

Each of the Elections Fellows traveled to Washington D.C. and to one of five key battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio. They also traveled in teams of two to some 50 communities across the country as part of the two-week I-VOTE (International Visitors Observe the Election) 2008 project.

I-VOTE is designed to immerse the Fellows in national, state and local election processes, introducing them to election officials, political analysts, citizen activists, students, academics, voters and the candidates themselves for an increased understanding of the U.S. electoral process.

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