Welcome to The Election Observer

ben and his bike cork city
Our observers were on bikes in Cork, during the Irish referendum on abortion, but as seen in this photo, the lock on one of the bikes kept it chained to the post for longer than expected!

Over the past two years of Democracy Volunteers we have rightly focused on our deployments and observations, and then reporting on them.

However, we are also aware that election observation has many other stories and participants than ourselves and many opportunities and places to observe than we ourselves can organise.

So this is our new blog! It will be less formal than our main site democracyvolunteers.org and will tell our readers about the things that go on behind the scenes from the perspectives of our observers and others: from Heads of Mission reporting from the field to the experience of new Short Term Observers.

Look out for more stories over the next few months as we tell you more about the world of election observation.

John Ault is Director of Democracy Volunteers